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Cleaver defeats perennial Republican rival Jacob Turk


Despite red or blue waves elsewhere in the country, most Missouri Congressional incumbents of both stripes were reelected Tuesday.

Democrat Emanuel Cleaver II defeated perennial Republican rival Jacob Turk in the 5th District, which includes most of Jackson and the southern part of Clay counties as well as Lafayette, Ray and Saline counties. With 100 percent of results in, Cleaver led with 62 percent to 36 percent for Turk.

In northern Missouri`s 6th District, which reaches down into Jackson County, Republican Sam Graves of Tarkio defeated Democratic challenger Henry Robert Martin 65 percent to 32 percent margin with 100 percent of precincts reporting.

In west central Missouri`s 4th District, which includes Cass County, Republican Vicky Hartzler, 58, of Harrisonville defeated Democratic challenger Renee Hoagenson 65 percent to 33 percent with 100 percent of the vote counted.

Cleaver, 74, a former Kansas City councilman and mayor, heads into his eighth term. Among his campaign issues was a warning that unregulated financial technology companies could trigger the next market crash. He is a member of the House Financial Services Committee and ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance.

It would be the seventh defeat at Cleaver`s hands for Turk, of Lee`s Summit, who has said he felt a calling to serve.

Cleaver`s campaign reported more than $1 million in donations this cycle, with nearly $667,000 on hand in mid-October. Turk reported just over $53,000 in donations and more than $33,000 on hand.

Graves, 54, has represented northwestern Missouri since 2001. He is chairman of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit and member of the Armed Services Committee.

His campaign reported more than $1.6 million in donations and $646,000 on hand in mid-October.

Martin reported more than $31,000 in donations and less than $5,000 on hand.

Hartzler, 58, has represented the 4th District since 2011. This summer she introduced a bill that would allow states to establish nutritional requirements for school lunches and permit local officials to set prices.

Hartzler`s campaign reported more than $1.1 million in donations and nearly $617,000 on hand in mid-October.

Hoagenson`s campaign reported more than $412,000 in donations and less than $95,000 on hand.

Elsewhere in Missouri Congressional races, Democratic incumbent William Lacy Clay of St. Louis was reelected, as were Republican incumbents Ann Wagner of Ballwin, Blaine Luetkemeyer of St. Elizabeth, William Long of Springfield and Jason Smith of Salem.


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