Missouri GOP House candidates funded by anti-labor donor David Humphreys defeat two incumbents

Last year four state House Republicans from the Kansas City area broke party ranks and became key votes to uphold Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of anti-labor legislation.

On Tuesday, two of those four lost to primary challengers who were mainly funded by Joplin businessman David Humphreys, an opponent of organized labor who sought to oust the incumbents from office.

Nick King of Liberty lost a hotly contested primary against Mary Hill, who received $75,000 from Humphreys, by a mere 44 votes. The winner will face Democrat Mark Ellebracht of Liberty, who was unopposed.

Dan Stacy also upended incumbent Sheila Solon from Blue Springs by a 55-45 margin. Stacy received $25,000 from Humphreys. He will occupy Solon’s seat in Jefferson City next year because he faces no opposition in the general election.

Republican state representatives Kevin Corlew of Kansas City and Bill Kidd of Independence won their primaries. Kidd defeated Christopher Dale with 63 percent of the vote. Corlew defeated Sean Pouche by a 61-39 margin.

“We were up against the political establishment and wealthy special interests,” said Corlew, who now faces Democrat Martin Rucker in November. “But we persevered and stood up for the middle-class values of our district.”

Kidd will face Democrat Mike Englert, who was unopposed in his primary.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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