Robin Carnahan’s decision to not seek a third term as Missouri Secretary of State has opened the door for seven hopefuls from four different political parties. The contest had been relatively quiet until about two weeks ago, when the three Republican contenders began airing TV ads and stepping up their campaign appearances. St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin takes a look at the three GOP candidates who want to become Missouri’s next Secretary of State:
A total of six candidates are vying for a spot to be the next Boone County Northern District Commissioner on the primary ballot. The candidates are now on the final stretch of their campaigns before the primary election on Tuesday. Lance Robbins and Don Bormann are the two candidates going head-to-head in the Republican primary campaign. Brian Dollar, Darin Fugit, O.J. Stone, and Janet Thompson are all gunning for the Democratic nomination.
Voter turnout in Missouri is expected to be around 25 percent for next Tuesday’s party primaries, according to the Secretary of State’s office.
A turnout of 25 percent would be slightly higher than the 23 percent of Missouri voters who cast ballots in the 2010 primaries. Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) says voter turnout is notoriously hard to predict.
“In fact, our office doesn’t even do it," Carnahan said. "We ask the local election officials, the 116 of them around the state, to give us their predictions, based on what is on those local ballots.”
Republican congressman Todd Akin stopped off in Columbia Thursday in one of his last campaign rallies ahead of Tuesday's primary election that pits Akin against two other high-profile GOP candidates vying to challenge U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill in November.
Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed a former Republican state lawmaker to the Missouri Veterans' Commission.
Chuck Wooten is a World War II veteran from Nixa who served five terms in the Missouri House.
The commission provides information to veterans and their families about their rights and helps them obtain state and federal benefits. It also oversees skilled nursing facilities for veterans and veteran cemeteries.
Nixon announced Wooten's appointment Wednesday. If confirmed by the state Senate, he would serve until November 2015.