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GOPs Want Special Election for Mo. House Seat

Posted: Nov 7, 2013 2:42 PM by The Associated Press

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JEFFERSON CITY - Republicans want Gov. Jay Nixon to call a special election for a rural Missouri House seat that has been vacant since June.

The chairwoman of the 120th Legislative District Republican Committee came to the Capitol on Thursday to deliver a letter asking Nixon to set an April special election for the seat.

The southern Missouri district has been without a representative since Republican state Rep. Jason Smith, of Salem, won a special election for Congress in June.

The 120th House District includes parts of Crawford and Phelps counties and tends to lean toward Republicans.

The district's Republican committee chairwoman, Pamela Grow, says the prolonged vacancy is depriving residents of a voice in Jefferson City.

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