Missouri voters headed to the polls Tuesday in a special election to fill the 8th Congressional District seat left vacant by former Republican Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, who surprised supporters by stepping down in January after winning re-election in a landslide in November.
Emerson gave up the seat that she and her late husband Bill had held for 32 years, to become president and chief executive officer of the National Rural Electric Cooperative. Emerson was first elected to Congress in 1996 after her husband died from cancer.
Republican state Rep. Jason Smith is favored to replace her in the race against Democratic state Rep. Steve Hodges. The district in the southeastern part of the state is heavily Republican.
Libertarian Bill Slantz and Constitution Party candidate Doug Enyart also are running.
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