Ann Wagner wins third term in Congress

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U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO). (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Republican Congresswoman Ann Wagner will win a third term in Congress, according to an analysis and projection by the Associated Press after polls closed Tuesday night. The second congressional district includes suburban St. Louis County and St. Charles County.

Wagner, a Ballwin native, will defeat State Representative Bill Otto (D-Maryland Heights). She held a decided advantage when it came to campaign finances and name recognition, and has spent the last four years as a critic of Obama administration policies on health care. She has also been active on issues like human trafficking.

Otto criticized Wagner for not appearing at joint forums during the course of the general election campaign.

Wagner won despite criticism from hard-core supporters of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, who were angered when Wagner pulled her support for Trump following the discovery of the 2005 Access Hollywood tapes which captured Trump making off-color remarks about women. Last week, Wagner announced she would vote for Trump but didn’t consider that support an endorsement.

Wagner is seen as a strong contender to oppose Claire McCaskill in the 2018 U.S. Senate race in Missouri.