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Rupp wins special election, keeping Senate seat GOP

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State Senator-elect Scott Rupp (state photo)

By AP/KWMU

St. Louis, MO – Republicans held on to a vacant seat in the Missouri Senate, for at least the next few months.

State Rep. Scott Rupp (R-Wentzville) beat Democrat Wayne Henke, of Troy, in a special election to replace Jon Dolan, who resigned last fall to become executive director of the Missouri Health Care Association.

Rupp garnered 54% to Henke's 46%. The district covers Lincoln County and part of St. Charles County.

Both Rupp and Henke have been House members since 2003.

The election leaves the GOP with 23 seats in the Senate and Democrats with eleven.

But Rupp can't really stop campaigning, and neither can Henke. The seat is up for election this fall, and both Rupp and Henke have filed to run for the same seat again for a full four-year term.

St. Charles County Councilman Joe Brazil, a Republican, has also filed to run for the seat.

Special Election - State Senate 2nd Dist.
County Rupp (R) Henke (D)
St. Charles County 14,829 10,225
Lincoln County 3,460 5,545
TOTAL 18,289
(54%)
15,770
(47%)

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