Jason Smith

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Republican Jason Smith easily won a special election on Tuesday to fill Jo Ann Emerson’s vacant seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Jason Smith will be the Republican candidate to replace Jo Ann Emerson in southeastern Missouri’s Eighth Congressional District.

Smith spent the last two months campaigning to an electorate of 86 people - the voting members of the district’s Republican committee. Each party’s committee taps a candidate to run in this summer’s special election. On Saturday, the GOP selected Smith in Van Buren after six rounds of voting.

Jason Smith says he travelled ten thousand miles during the campaign, and that should help prepare him for the election.

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The Missouri House has given first-round approval to a bill that would require special elections to fill vacancies in statewide offices. 

A Missouri House committee has overwhelmingly passed legislation that would require special elections to fill vacancies in statewide offices.