Between the ugly, public downfall of Missouri’s Republican governor, Eric Greitens, and the brewing fights over the union/right-to-work referendum and a Senate seat, there’s been a lot of attention on Missouri of late. Here’s the 411 on Missouri’s primary.
Missouri has its statewide primary election on Tuesday, August 7. If you’re a voter in Missouri, all the resources you need to vote are listed here; if you’re not in the state, consider sharing this post with friends or on social media to increase awareness and turnout!
Missouri Voter Resources
Confirm your voter registration: https://iwillvote.com/
Info for overseas/military voters here
Find your polling place here
Check ID requirements here
Early voting dates: June 26 – August 6
Absentee voting info here
Missouri Politics: A Snapshot
• 1 Senator is up for re-election in 2018
• All 8 House Representatives are up for re-election
• Voted +19 for Trump in 2016
• Current partisan breakdown of the state legislature:
>>> Governor (R)
>>> State Senate 24 (R) – 10 (D)
>>> State House 114 (R) – 47 (D) plus two vacant seats
Despite being the incumbent, Democrat Claire McCaskill’s race is considered a Toss-Up in this red state. The Republicans are spending heavily to flip this seat. To have any hope of flipping the Senate, the Democrats must hold this seat.
Claire McCaskill – website
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 2
Cook Political Report has Districts 2 rated competitive, and is a good opportunity for the Democrats to flip.
District 2 candidates
Bill Haas – website
Robert Hazel – website
John Messmer – website
Mark Osmack – website
Cort VanOstran – website
STATE SUPREME COURT
From Ballotpedia: “The terms of two Missouri Supreme Court judges will expire on December 31, 2018. Judge Mary Rhodes Russell was appointed to the court in 2004 by Democratic Governor Bob Holden. She was retained for a full 12-year term in 2006. Judge Wesley Brent Powell was appointed to the court in 2017 by Republican Governor Eric Greitens. He must stand for retention in order to serve a full 12-year term.”
17 of the 34 seats in the Senate are up for re-election this year. Democrats need to flip 3 seats to break the Republican supermajority. A list of the districts with re-elections and the candidates running for those seats can be found here.
All 163 seats in the House are up for re-election this year. Democrats need to flip 9 seats to break the Republican supermajority. A list of the candidates running for the House can be found here.
NOTE: If you’re unsure which state district you’re in, type in your address at Open States to get that info.
A Final Note
For a more complete list of state races in the primary, visit Ballotpedia: Missouri Elections 2018. You can enter your address at 411Vote to see a sample ballot. To learn about events featuring candidates running for office, connect with your local chapter of the Missouri Democrats.
Take Charge of your Activism
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Good to know!