The polls are open in southeast Missouri, where voters are picking a replacement for former Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, a Republican, in the state’s 8th Congressional district.
By DAVE HELLING
Emerson quit earlier this year to become a lobbyist.
Steve Hodges, the Democrat, faces Jason Smith, the Republican. Smith is heavily favored in the GOP-dominated district.
Both are state legislators.
Bill Slantz is the Libertarian candidate. Doug Enyart is the Constitution party candidate. At least two other candidates are running as write-ins, according to reports from the district.