Candidates for Missouri’s 8th Congressional District released preliminary fundraising figures. Jason Smith, a Republican from Salem, who is serving as speaker pro tem in the Missouri House of Representatives, has raised $308,000 since he was nominated Feb. 9. State Rep. Steve Hodges, a Democrat from East Prairie, raised $121,000 in the last 20 days of March.
A special election to fill the seat will be June 4. The vacancy was created in January when Jo Ann Emerson, Missouri’s longest-serving member of Congress, resigned.