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.
Emerson quit earlier this year to become a lobbyist.
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, the Democrat, facesJason 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.