St. Louis, MO (KTRS) It’s Primary Election Day in Missouri.
Missouri’s top political offices are up for grabs in today’s primary. This includes the race for attorney general, lieutenant governor, and one of the most hotly contested races for the G-O-P gubernatorial nomination. Those candidates are businessman John Brunner, former Navy SEAL officer Eric Greitens, former state House Speaker Catherine Hanaway and Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder.
Nine members of Missouri’s congressional delegation, one senator and all eight members of the House are also on the ballot.
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt is facing three little-known challengers Tuesday in the Republican primary, but he has long been focused on his expected general election opponent, Democratic Secretary of State Jason Kander. U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay is getting a spirited Democratic primary challenge from state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal.
Ferguson voters are deciding on Proposition U, which is a 2-percent utility tax increase.
“This will allow the City to hire five additional police officers not currently included in the City’s Budget for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2017. This will also allow the City not to layoff firefighters and to keep Firehouse Number 2 from closing,” said Ferguson City Manager, De’Carlon Seewood.
St. Louis County election officials say the have corrected the problem that caused widespread ballot shortages during the April election. Election officials are also using ipads to sign in voters to reduce wait times. If this is successful, election officials say they will use the ipads for the November election.
Voter turnout is expected at 31-percent according to the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office.