Missouri voters on Tuesday set up a November showdown between incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt and Democratic challenger Jason Kander.
Kander, who is Missouri’s secretary of state, received 70 percent of Democrats’ votes.
At 9:27, Kander tweeted, “Truly humbled by the support of so many Missourians across the state. Let's win this in November! #mosen”
Cori Bush, Robert Mack and Chief Wana Dubie were also running on the Democratic ticket.
On the Republican side, Blunt won 73 percent of the vote against challengers Ryan Luethy, Bernie Mowinski and Kristi Nichols.
Just after 9:30, the Blunt campaign tweeted, “It’s official! Roy is the Republican Nominee for #MOSEN. Thanks @BluntBrigade”.
Libertarian voters picked Jonathan Dine over Herschel Young, 55 percent to 45 percent. Fred Ryman is the Constitutional Party’s candidate.
U.S. House races
4th District: In the Republican primary, Rep. Vicky Hartzler easily turned back challenger John Webb as she sought her third term in the House. She received 72 percent of the vote to his 28 percent.
On the Democratic side, Gordon Christensen beat Jack Truman, 63 percent to 37 percent. Also on the ballot in November will be Libertarian Mark Bliss.
5th District: Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, the former mayor of Kansas City, trounced challenger Roberta Gough in the Democratic primary, 88 percent to 12 percent.
Jacob Turk won on the Republican side with 68 percent of the vote, over Berton Knox, Michael Burris and Austin Rucker. Roy Welborn was representing the Libertarian Party.
The results set up a sixth general election contest between Cleaver and Turk, a Marine Corps veteran. Cleaver has served in the House since 2004.
6th District: Rep. Sam Graves walloped challengers Christopher Ryan and Kyle Reid, garnering 76 percent of the Republican primary vote.
On the Democratic side, David Blackwell won with 28 percent of the vote. Kyle Yarber had 25 percent, Travis Gonzalez 23 percent, Edward Fields 14 percent and Michael McNabney 10 10 percent.
Russ Monchil is the Libertarian candidate.
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