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Republican Ekes Out 40-Point Win in Missouri Special Election



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This is what happens when national Democrats pretend a special U.S. House election isn’t happening: Republican Jason Smith wins 67 percent to 27 percent over Democrat Steve Hodges, 42,145 votes to 17,203 votes. Yes, it’s a conservative district, but this is a bigger margin than Romney’s win over Obama in 2012 in that district.

The strategists over at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee didn’t merely choose to not allocate any funds to help Hodges; they didn’t even mention the special election on their web site, Twitter account, or Facebook page.

Tags: Jason Smith , DCCC

Happy Election Day, Missouri’s Eighth District!



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Happy Election Day, Missouri’s eighth congressional district. In today’s special House election, Republican Jason Smith takes on Democrat Steve Hodges. Polls are open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m.

About a month after winning reelection, Representative Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri’s heavily Republican eighth congressional district announced she would become CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Under Missouri law, there are no special primaries; the county parties selected their nominees.

A bit about Smith:

Representative Smith is committed to community involvement and is a member in the following organizations: National Rifle Association, Salem, Steelville and Cuba Chambers of Commerce, Missouri Bar, Farm Bureau, state board member of the Missouri Community Betterment Association, past President and current board member of the Salem FFA Alumni Association, and past board member of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). Additionally, he attends his home church, Grace Community Church of Salem, faithfully as a committed member and serves as a Sunday school teacher for the youth.

In a fact that will make a lot of us feel old, he was born the year Ronald Reagan won the presidency.

The district scores a R+8 on the Cook Partisan Voting Index, and includes Cape Girardeau, Rush Limbaugh’s boyhood hometown.

Tags: Jason Smith , Steve Hodges , Special Elections

GOP Candidate Hits IRS Scandals in Special House Election



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The remaining active House special election this year* occurs June 4, in Missouri’s 8th Congressional District, where Republican Jason Smith is going up against Democrat Steve Hodges; both are state legislators. Smith has the wind at his back in this heavily-Republican district.

Smith is releasing a new ad hitting a lot of familiar notes — the IRS scandals show the Obama administration is abusing its power, and his rival, Hodges, amounts to a vote for Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama.

This R+13 district should be fertile ground for this sort of message.

* Adam Bonin of Daily Kos reminds me that Jo Bonner’s departure creates a special House election in the coming months in Alabama, and if Ed Markey wins the special Senate election in Massachusetts, that will set up another special House election.

Tags: Jason Smith , Steve Hodges , Special Elections

Meet Jason Smith, the Republican Choice in MO-8



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The major party candidates for the special House election in Missouri are set.

About a month after winning reelection, Rep. Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri’s heavily-Republican 8th Congressional District announced she would become CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

Under Missouri law, there are no special primaries; the county parties selected their nominees. Republicans will run State Rep. Jason Smith, while Democrats will run State Rep. Steve Hodges.

A bit about Smith:

Representative Smith is committed to community involvement and is a member in the following organizations: National Rifle Association, Salem, Steelville and Cuba Chambers of Commerce, Missouri Bar, Farm Bureau, state board member of the Missouri Community Betterment Association, past President and current board member of the Salem FFA Alumni Association, and past board member of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). Additionally, he attends his home church, Grace Community Church of Salem, faithfully as a committed member and serves as a Sunday school teacher for the youth.

In a fact that will make a lot of us feel old, he was born the year Ronald Reagan won the presidency.

The district scores a R+8 on the Cook Partisan Voting Index, and includes Cape Girardeau, Rush Limbaugh’s boyhood hometown. The special election is June 4.

Tags: Jason Smith , Jo Ann Emerson , Steve Hodges

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