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4:42 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Mo. Republican sworn in as representative amid election dispute

Kent Hampton was already sworn in as a representative even though his election opponent is fighting the election's outcome.
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Legal wrangling from last November's election has not prevented a southeastern Missouri Republican lawmaker from being sworn in to office.

Kent Hampton narrowly defeated Democrat Tom Todd in the 150th House District. Todd is challenging the election's outcome in court because some voters who live in a neighboring district were given the wrong ballots and vice versa.

Hampton, of Malden, participated when the newly elected legislators were sworn-in Wednesday for the start of the 2013 legislative session.

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