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August primary candidate filing opens Tuesday as U.S. congressional redistricting map is still undecided


Candidates can file paperwork for the August primary election Tuesday morning at the Missouri Secretary of State's Office in Jefferson City.

The candidate filings come as the Missouri Senate works to pick a map for the state's eight U.S. congressional districts. Missouri is required to redraw the map every 10 years to account for population growth or loss found during the Census.

Currently, the U.S. congressional map for Missouri has six republican and two democratic districts. Some Senate Republicans are pushing for a 7-1 map in favor of Republicans by splitting the Kansas City area into two districts.

Earlier this month, negotiations over the new congressional map were delayed by a filibuster in the Missouri Senate that lasted over 30 hours. At certain points, senators could be heard talking about barbecue, movies, tv shows, and even reciting song lyrics, including the Spice Girls, "Wannabe."

Last month, the Missouri House of Representatives sent a congressional map that kept the 6-2 count in favor of the republican party to the Missouri Senate.

As of Tuesday morning, there hasn't been a timeline outlined for the map to be brought back into the legislative session. The Missouri Senate plans to reconvene Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Primary Election Filing

Election filing for state representatives, state senate, U.S. Senate, and other statewide positions open Tuesday at 8 a.m. Individuals wishing to file for a position need to file in-person at the Missouri Secretary of State's Office in Jefferson City.

Multiple officials running for both parties for Senate have already announced their campaigns.

Republican Candidates

  • Dave Schatx
  • Vicky Hartzler
  • Mark McCloskey
  • Eric Schmitt
  • Eric Greitens
  • Deshon Porter
  • Billy Long

Democratic Candidates

  • Spencer Toder
  • Lucas Kunce
  • Jewel Kelly
  • Scott Sifton
  • Timothy Shepard


  • Steve Price

The exact number of republican and democratic districts for candidates is still up in the air due to the Missouri Senate being undecided on the congressional redistricting map for the state.

Any individuals who wish to file for candidacy have until March 29 at 5 p.m.

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