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Republican Jason Smith easily won a special election on Tuesday to fill Jo Ann Emerson’s vacant seat in the U-S House of Representatives.

It was a strong night for the 32-year old Smith, as the 32-year old Missouri House speaker pro tem cruised past Democratic rival Steve Hodges 67% to 27%. 

The outcome was hardly unexpected.

Candidates for Missouri’s Eighth Congressional seat went on the offensive in a debate Tuesday night at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus in Cape Girardeau. The debate comes one week before a special election on June 4.

Democrat Steve Hodges and Republican Jason Smith were joined onstage by the Constitution Party’s Doug Enyart and Libertarian Bill Slantz.