Missouri's 8th Congressional District special election, 2013

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The 8th Congressional District of Missouri held a special election for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013. The general election date was June 4, 2013.[1] There were no special primary elections. Instead, the Democratic and Republican Party Committees chose their nominees.[2] Candidates nominated by the political parties had until March 30, 2013, to file their candidacy with the secretary of state. The special election was held on June 4, 2013.[3]

The election was held to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Representative Jo Ann Emerson (R). Emerson officially resigned on January 22, 2013.[2]

Candidate Filing Deadline Special Election
March 30, 2013
June 4, 2013


General election

Democratic Party Steve Hodges, state representative[4]
Republican Party Jason T. Smith, state representative[5][6][7]Approveda
Libertarian Party Bill Slantz, owner of a broadcasting consultation company[8]
Constitution Party Doug Enyart, U.S. Marine and professional forester[9]
Independent Thomas W. Brown: Write-in candidate[10][11]
Independent Robert George: Write-in candidate[10][11]
Independent Wayne Byington: Write-in candidate[12]
Independent Theo Brown Sr.: Write-in candidate[12]

Not selected by party committee

Republican Party Mark Richardson
Republican Party Sarah Steelman, former treasurer
Republican Party Lloyd Smith, former chief of staff under Emerson
Republican Party Peter Kinder, Lieutenant Governor
Republican Party Eddy Justice
Republican Party Todd Richardson
Republican Party Kevin Engler
Republican Party Clint Tracy
Republican Party Scott Lipke
Republican Party Wayne Wallingford
Democratic Party Linda Black, state representative[8]
Democratic Party Mark Fitchpatrick, a former mayor of Blodgett, Missouri[8]
Democratic Party Todd Mahn, funeral home director[8]
Democratic Party Jack Rushin, a chiropractor[8]

Election results

General election

U.S. House, Missouri District 8 Special General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJason T. Smith 67.1% 42,141
     Democratic Steve Hodges 27.4% 17,207
     Libertarian Bill Slantz 1.5% 968
     Constitution Doug Enyart 3.6% 2,265
     Write-in Robert George 0.1% 75
     Write-in Thomas W. Brown 0.1% 85
     Write-in Wayne Byington 0% 25
     Write-in Theo Brown Sr. 0% 0
Total Votes 62,766
Source: Missouri Division of Elections "2013 Special Election Results"

Race background

Emerson resigned from Congress in February 2013 to become President and CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Emerson stated, "I am not leaving Congress because I have lost my heart for service — to the contrary — I see a new way to serve. I did not go seeking this opportunity, but I am excited about the new challenge it offers to find ways to promote strong rural policy." Emerson easily won re-election to the seat in 2012 with roughly 72% of the vote.[2] Republicans were heavily favored to retain control of the seat.[7]



On May 14, 2013, Democratic nominee Steve Hodges, a state Representative, received an endorsement from Gov. Jay Nixon.[13] Hodges has also received endorsements from Attorney General Chris Koster (D), Secretary of State Jason Kander (D) and Treasurer Clint Zweifel (D).[13][14] Hodges has received many group endorsements in past campaigns, including those from the National Rifle Association and Missouri Right to Life.[13]


On May 15, 2013, Republican nominee Jason Smith announced an endorsement by former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.[13]

Smith's campaign also announced endorsements from large business, right-to-life, farming and pro-gun organizations and groups, including the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri Corn Growers Association, the Missouri Cattlemen's Association and Missouri Right to Life.[15] Additionally, endorsements include all of Missouri's current Republican members of Congress, including Ann Wagner, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Vicky Hartzler, Sam Graves and Billy Long, along with former 8th District representative Jo Ann Emerson and Republican Sen. Roy Blunt, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and Auditor Tom Schweich.[13][15]

Campaign donors

Jason Smith

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s Sarah PAC contributed $5,000 on May 14, 2013 to Jason Smith.[16] Smith reported raising $200,313 from April 1 to May 15, and has $228,147 cash on hand as of May 15th.[16] Smith has raised $509,919 so far in 2013.

Smith raised $114,083 from individuals.[16] Smith also received $4,500 from nine individuals at the Washington, D.C. lobbying firm of Livingston Group LLC.[16] Besides Sarah PAC, the American Society of Anesthesiologists PAC also gave $5,000, as well as the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association PAC. During the period from April 1 to May 15 PACs gave $82,749 to Smith's campaign.

Jason Smith for Congress spent $62,588 on media expenses and another $18,096 on TV expenses, $23,600 on research and $18,833 on payroll.[16]

Steve Hodges

Steve Hodges reported raising $107,728 from April 1 to May 15, 2013.[16] He raised $51,223 from individuals and $32,550 from PACs and other committees.[16] Hodges spent $20,896 on payroll, $24,400 on polling and campaign strategy.[16] Hodges had $142,103 cash on hand as of May 15, 2013, and he had raised $228,501 in 2013.[16]

District History


The 8th Congressional District of Missouri held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Jo Ann Emerson won re-election in the district.[17]

U.S. House, Missouri District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Jack Rushin 24.6% 73,755
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJo Ann Emerson Incumbent 71.9% 216,083
     Libertarian Rick Vandeven 3.5% 10,553
Total Votes 300,391
Source: Missouri Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Jo Ann Emerson was re-elected to the United States House for an eighth term. She defeated Tommy Sowers (D), Larry Bill (Independent), and Rick Vandeven (Libertarian).[18]

United States House, Missouri General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJo Ann Emerson Incumbent 65.6% 128,499
     Democratic Tommy Sowers 28.8% 56,377
     Independent Larry Bill 3.7% 7,193
     Libertarian Rick Vandeven 2% 3,930
Total Votes 195,999

See also

External links


  1. The Hill, "Emerson’s resignation sets off free-for-all in Missouri House race," January 22, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Washington Post, "Missouri Rep. Jo Ann Emerson to resign from House," December 3, 2012
  3. Missouri Secretary of State, "Special Election," accessed February 1, 2013
  4. Southeast Missourian, "Hodges tapped as Democratic nominee in 8th District," February 17, 2013
  5. Politico, "Republican wins Missouri special election" accessed June 4, 2013
  6. Missouri Secretary of State elections division, "Special Election 2013" accessed June 4, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 Washington Post, "Republicans nominate Jason Smith for Missouri special election," February 9, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 The Daily Dunklin, "Democrat Hodges says he's in for 8th District," February 14, 2013
  9. Missouri Secretary of State, "Special Election Filings" accessed April 15, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 SE Missourian, "Major party 8th District candidates get endorsements from Nixon, Palin" accessed May 21, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 Daily Statesman, "8th District candidates collect endorsements for June election" accessed May 21, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 Daily Journal, "Candidates seek 8th Congressional District seat" accessed June 2, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 SE Missourian, "Major party 8th District candidates get endorsements from Nixon, Palin" accessed May 21, 2013
  14. Daily Statesman, "8th District candidates collect endorsements for June election" accessed May 21, 2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 Daily Statesman, "8th District candidates collect endorsements for June election" accessed May 21, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 16.6 16.7 16.8 Roll Call, "Palin Gives $5,000 to Smith in Missouri Special Election" accessed May 28, 2013
  17. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Missouri," accessed November 7, 2012
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013