Republican Smith Wins 8th Congressional District Race

Republican Jason Smith easily defeated his Democratic opponent, Steve Hodges, in a special election for Missouri’s 8th Congressional District seat, which was vacated by Republican Jo Ann Emerson. The victory by Smith, an attorney, livestock owner and most recent speaker pro tem of the Missouri House of Representatives, marks the first time in more than three decades that the district, which covers southeast and a large portion of southern Missouri, will be represented by someone outside the Emerson family.

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