The Latest: Missouri Primary

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ The Latest on the Missouri primary (all times local):

10:45 p.m.

Former state lawmaker Judy Baker's quest to become Missouri's next state treasurer has advanced with her victory in the Democratic primary.

Baker defeated one-time U.S. diplomat Pat Contreras on Tuesday.

Baker advances to face Republican state Sen. Eric Schmitt and Libertarian Sean O'Toole in the Nov. 8 election. Schmitt and O'Toole were unopposed Tuesday.

The current treasurer, Democrat Clint Zweifel, is barred by state term limits from running.


10:40 p.m.

Former Cass County prosecutor Teresa Hensley defeated St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman in the Democratic primary Tuesday for attorney general and will face Republican political novice Josh Hawley in the Nov. 8 general election.

Republicans hope to seize the office for the first time in more than two decades.

The current attorney general, Democrat Chris Koster, is running to replace Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.


10:35 p.m.

Former sheriff and state Sen. Mike Parson won the Republican primary for lieutenant governor Tuesday and will face former U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan and Libertarian Steven Hedrick in the November general election.

Parson defeated Kansas City lawyer Bev Randles and former teacher Arnie Dienoff in Tuesday's election.

The current three-term officeholder, Republican Peter Kinder, is running for governor.


10:25 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler will seek her fourth term in office in November after winning the Republican primary on Tuesday in Missouri's 4th Congressional District.

Hartzler defeated challenger John Webb in the primary for the district that covers a large swath of western Missouri.

The district was long represented by a Democrat, Ike Skelton, who served 17 terms before losing to Hartzler in 2010.


10:25 p.m.

Veteran Congressman William Lacy Clay has survived another primar challenge.

The eight-term Democrat on Tuesday defeated state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal and St. Louis school board member Bill Haas to win the primary election in Missouri's 1st District.

Clay's father, William Clay, served the district from his election in 1968 until his retirement following the 2000 election, when his son was first elected.

In 2012, redistricting forced Clay and another incumbent Democrat, Russ Carnahan, to run against each other. Clay easily on that race.


10:15 p.m.

Jacob Turk, a former Marine and a businessman, will face incumbent Democrat Emanuel Cleaver in the race for Missouri's 5th Congressional District in November.

Turk defeated three challengers in Tuesday's Republican primary election, while Cleaver easily defeated challenger Roberta Gough.

Turk faces a big challenge. Cleaver is former Kansas City mayor seeking his seventh term in Congress.


10 p.m.

Political novice Josh Hawley has toppled Missouri state Sen. Kurt Schaefer in the hotly contested Republican primary race for attorney general.

Hawley advanced Tuesday to the Nov. 8 general election.

In the run-up to Tuesday, Schaefer and Hawley had slammed each other with attack ads in a race that also includes lawsuits and ethics complaints.

Republicans hope to seize the office for the first time in more than two decades.

The current attorney general, Democrat Chris Koster, is running to replace Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.


9:55 p.m.

Former U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan is headed to the general election after defeating two people in the Democratic race for Missouri's lieutenant governor.

Carnahan, the son of former Gov. Mel Carnahan, defeated St. Louis pastor and state lawmaker Tommie Pierson Sr. and former Kansas City-area teacher Winston Apple.

The current three-term officeholder, Republican Peter Kinder, is runnig for governor.


9:45 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner will seek her third congressional term in November after defeating a challenger in the Republican primary for the 2nd District.

Wagner defeated Greg Sears on Tuesday and will face Democratic state Rep. Bill Otto, who was unopposed in the Democratic primary, and Libertarian Jim Higgins in the November general election.

Wagner has been involved in Republican politics for years. She is a former chairwoman of the Missouri Republican Party and served as U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg from 2005 to 2009.


9:45 p.m.

Former Navy SEAL officer Eric Greitens has won a bruising Republican primary for Missouri governor, defeating three opponents to advance to a November matchup with Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster.

The incumbent governor, Democrat Jay Nixon, has served two terms and was ineligible to run again.

Greitens defeated Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, former lawmaker and U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway, and businessman John Brunner in a hard-fought Republican primary.

The four combined to spend more than $22 million, according to figures released about two weeks before the election. Greitens got a lot of his donations from wealthy out-of-state donors.

He has highlighted his military background and cast himself as a political outsider who would clean up perceived corruption in Jefferson City.


9:30 p.m.

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer has defeated a lone challenger to win the Republican nomination in Missouri's 3rd District.

Luetkemeyer will seek his fifth term in office in November after defeating former state Rep. Cynthia Davis in the GOP primary on Tuesday.

In November, he'll face Democrat Kevin Miller, Libertarian Dan Hogan, and Constitution Party candidate Doanita Simmons all of whom were unopposed Tuesday.

The 3rd District covers an area from central Missuri to the western suburbs of St. Louis.


9:25 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Jason Smith will seek his second full term in office in November after defeating three Republican primary challengers in Missouri's 8th District.

Smith on Tuesday defeated Todd Mahn, Phillip Smith and Hal Brown in the GOP primary for the district that covers a large area of southern Missouri. In November, he'll face Democrat Dave Cowell and Libertarian Jonathan Lee Shell. Both were unopposed in the primary.

Smith was first elected in June 2013, when a special election was necessary following the resignation of Jo Ann Emerson. He easily won re-election in 2014 in the heavily Republican district.


9:20 p.m.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has easily outdistanced three challengers to win the Democratic nomination for governor.

Koster was heavily favored, and it wasn't yet clear who he would face in the general election.

Koster is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Missouri's current two-term Democratic governor, Jay Nixon. Nixon, like Koster, served as attorney general before winning election to the state's top elected position.

Nixon was ineligible to run again due to term limits.

Koster already has stockpiled nearly $10.9 million for the general election.


9:15 p.m.

Veteran U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver's bid for a seventh term in Congress has taken a step forward with a win in Tuesday's Democratic primary.

Cleaver defeated challenger Roberta Gough in the primary. The United Methodist pastor is chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and is a former mayor of Kansas City. He drew attention at last week's Democratic National Convention with his fiery speech in support of the party's presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.


9:05 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Billy Long has defeated seven challengers in the Republican primary for Missouri's 7th Distrct.

Long, a three-term incumbent, on Tuesday defeated Nathan Clay, Christopher Batsche, Matthew Evans, Lyndle Spencer, Matthew Canovi, James Nelson and Mary Byrne.

The 7th District covers several counties in southwest Missouri.

Long was a Springfield auctioneer, real estate broker and talk radio host before first winning election to Congress in 2010.


9 p.m.

Republican U.S. Rep. Sam Graves has defeated two challengers to win Tuesday's primary election.

Graves outdistanced Kyle Reid and Christopher Ryan. In November, he will seek his ninth term representing Missouri's 6th District, which covers the northern tier of the state.

Graves narrowly defeated Democrat Steve Danner in his inaugural bid for Congress in 2000, but has won easily in all of his re-election bids.


8:50 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt and Secretary of State Jason Kander have essentially been running against each other from the start of the Senate campaign. Now, it's official.

Blunt easily won Tuesday's Republican primary in his bid for a second term in the Senate, and Kander won handily in the Democratic primary. Each faced three little-known challengers.

Blunt, 66, is a veteran of Missouri politics. He served seven terms in the U.S. House before winning election to the Senate in 2010.

Kander, 35, was elected secretary of state in 2012. He has campaigned on a need for change in Washington.


6 p.m.

Election officials in some of Missouri's largest areas are reporting a steady but relatively light stream of voters and no major problems in the primary elections.

Polls are to close at 7 p.m. Tuesday for the primaries, which have been topped by a highly competitive Republican gubernatorial race.

Election officials in St. Louis and Jackson counties both said their projections for a voter turnout of about 25 percent seem to be on track. Jacson County election director Bob Nichols called it a ``light turnout.''

Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller said turnout appeared to be around 20 percent with about an hour to go. He said one reason for the relatively sparse turnout may be that the ballot features no statewide or countywide issues, only candidates.


12 p.m.

Voters are weighing a desire for an outside voice versus political experience as they cast ballots in Missouri's highly competitive Republican governor's primary.

The governor's race topped a full ballot Tuesday as voters selected their party nominees for the Nov. 8 general election.

Some voters interviewed by The Associated Press who cast ballots for former Navy SEAL officer Eric Greitens said they liked his outsider candidacy for governor.

Other voters for Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway cited their government experience as a positive factor in the governor's race.

A gubernatorial voter for businessman John Brunner also cited his qualifications while also bemoaning the abundance of attack ads.

Pre-election polls showed Attorney General Chris Koster with a lead in the Democratic governor's primary.


9:15 a.m.

Early turnout appears to be light in some of Missouri's larger voting jurisdictions for the primary elections.

Tuesday's ballot features one of the most competitive Republican gubernatorial primaries in a generation, as well as contests for numerous federal, state and local offices.

But election day began with rain in some places, including the St. Louis area. Interim St. Louis County Elections Director Christian Tolbert said the weather may be damping turnout somewhat.

Turnout also appeared slow at some Jefferson City locations, where thunderstorms rolled through in the morning.

Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller said the weather was fine in Springfield butvoter turnout nonetheless was fairly light. He attributed that partly to the fact that there are no statewide or countywide issues on the ballot, just candidates.


7:30 a.m.

Voters have started casting their ballots in Missouri's most competitive Republican gubernatorial primary in two dozen years.

The governor's race has attracted a lot of interest, because Democratic incumbent Jay Nixon is prohibited by term limits from running again.

The Republican field features Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, former U.S. Attorney and Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway, former Navy SEAL officer Eric Greitens and former Marine and businessman John Brunner.

Fifty-four-year-old Debbie Raines, of Liberty, Missouri voted Tuesday for Greitens and said she was influenced by some of the mailings she received. The part-time camp worker says the ``fact that he's not a career politician speaks to a lot of people right now.''

Not since 1992 has Missouri had a Republican governor's primary that was so hotly contested among so many candidates.


6 a.m.

Election polls are officially open in Missouri.

Polling places for the state primary elections opened at 6 a.m. Tuesday. Polling places close at 7 p.m. People in line at that time still can vote.

Voters will chose the Republican and Democratic nominees in primaries for governor, seats in the state Legislature and other elected offices. Tuesday's winners will go on to the Nov. 8 general election.

The most closely watched primary is a competitive four-way race between candidates vying to become the Republican nominee for governor.

The candidates are suburban St. Louis businessman John Brunner, former Navy SEAL officer Eric Greitens, former state House Speaker Catherine Hanaway and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.


1:55 a.m.

Four self-described conservatives are competing in a Republican gubernatorial race tht has been one of the most broadly contested Missouri primaries in a generation.

The GOP governor's race headlines a primary ballot Tuesday that includes contests for the U.S. Senate and House, Legislature and other top state and local executive offices.

Voting runs from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Republican gubernatorial field includes former Navy SEAL officer Eric Greitens, former Marine and businessman John Brunner, former Missouri House Speaker and U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.

Together, their campaigns already have spent more than $22 million, with much of that going to a barrage of advertising.

Their race is first Republican governor's primary since 1992 to be so closely contested among so many candidates.

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