For the first time in 14 years, the Ashcroft name will appear on the Missouri ballot.
On Tuesday, Jay Ashcroft, son of John Ashcroft, the former governor, U.S. senator, and U.S. attorney general, handily won the Republican nomination for state senator in an open St. Louis district.
The younger Ashcroft won 60 percent of the vote over two opponents. He now faces a tough battle in the fall with Democratic state Rep. Jill Shoup, supported by organized labor who has already raised $400,000.
Show-Me State sources told Newsmax that although they anticipate Ashcroft will be well-funded with help from his father's nationwide circle of friends, he will have a difficult battle in a district that is considered "marginally Democratic." Four years ago, Republican Jack Lamping won the district in a tight race and he is stepping down this year.
In the Second Senate District, the easy winner was Bob Onder, a solid conservative who is one of the handful of Americans who holds both medical and law degrees. A traditional Roman Catholic and father of six, "Dr. Bob," as he is known, compiled one of the most conservative records in the Missouri House of Representatives when he served there for one term from 2006-08. In 2008, Onder placed second in the five-candidate GOP primary for Congress won by present Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer.
Onder, who campaigned as a strong supporter of the state's proposed right-to-work law, is considered a cinch to succeed outgoing GOP Sen. Scott Rupp.
Presently, Republicans hold super majorities (two thirds of the seats) in both the state House and state Senate.
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