St. Louis Public Radio News
6:40 am
Tue August 5, 2008

Polls open for Missouri primary

St. Louis – Today is primary election day in Missouri. Voters will decide many party nominations for statewide offices, including governor, treasurer and attorney general.

Missourians will also pick nominees for state and federal House seats, and odd-numbered state senate districts.

At the top of Republican ballots is the contest for governor. Candidates Sarah Steelman and Kenny Hulshof spent the day Monday making final appeals for votes at several campaign stops around the state. Jay Nixon is expected to claim the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

For voters choosing a Democratic ballot, the top race is for attorney general, where four Democrats are vying to face Republican Mike Gibbons in November. Democrats will also decide a four-way treasurer's primary, with the winner facing unopposed Republican Brad Lager.

Voters of both parties in the 9th Congressional District will pick between five Republicans and four Democrats who hope to replace Congressman Kenny Hulshof.

The polls are open until 7 p.m. Voters need to bring some sort of identification, though it need not have a photo.