In Columbia at the Stony Creek Inn, Republican spirits began sky high, then turned uneasy and ended up tumbling down. Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler began the night by easily coasting to a win in the Republican primary for U.S. district four.
Hartzler will face Cass County prosecutor and Democrat Teresa Hensley in November in the newly redrawn district four, which now includes all of Boone County.
“Thirty-five percent of the district is new people," Hartzler tells KBIA, "so I’m going to be here as much as possible meeting the district, [and] sharing my background and common sense ideas that we need to implement in Washington.”
Also watching results was Boone County commission-hopeful Lance Robbins. When 40 percent of the precincts were reporting, Robbins, a first-time politician, held a marginal lead against his opponent, Don Bormann. But as the final precincts reported, the margin closed and Robbins lost by 59 votes. Robbins, a sergeant at the Boone County Sheriff's Department, says he’s going to focus on being a dad for now.
“It might be better for me to get behind the winner of this race and work together to make a better future for everybody,” he says.
Bormann squeaks out victory
By Jon Ingram
In Centralia, Don Bormann kept his watch party small, gathering at a friend’s house with his family and a few supporters. Bormann stayed calm throughout the nail-biting poll announcements.
“There’s nothing you can do about it at this point, so the only thing you can do is wait for the final results to come in. So I didn’t get too excited until the final results were announced,” Bormann said.
With the win, Bormann will go up against Democratic nominee Janet Thompson, who won nearly 50 percent of the votes in her primary against three other candidates. Bormann knows he has his work cut out for him in order to win in November.
“I’ve met her, I don’t have any problem with her, I mean I respect her. She obviously ran a very good campaign; she won very handily. It’s going to be a tough race,” Bormann said.
Bormann says he plans to start his campaign strategy soon.