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Politically Speaking: On Missouri's 2nd Congressional District Race, Public Defender Woes

U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, speaks to supporters and media on Tuesday night. She defeated Democratic challenger Cort VanOstran in Missouri's 2nd Congressional District.
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U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, speaks to supporters and media last November. Wagner will likely face Democratic state Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, in next year's election.

On the latest edition of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie O’Donoghue and Jason Rosenbaum break down the big stories that have made headlines over the past week.

Arguably the biggest was Democratic state Sen. Jill Schupp announcing she would run for Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes parts of St. Louis, St. Charles and Jefferson counties. She’ll face Republican incumbent Ann Wagner. While the 2nd District has been in Republican hands for a generation, it’s become more competitive as white suburban voters have soured on President Trump.

Both Schupp and Wagner are prolific fundraisers and have taken part in competitive elections. Wagner has extensive experience building up the local, state and national Republican Party. Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, won a costly and competitive contest in 2014 for the 24th District against Republican Jay Ashcroft, who now serves as Missouri’s Secretary of State.

Here’s what else was talked about on the show:

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