Smith, a republican, to fill fmr. U.S. Representative Emerson's seat


Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

Missouri has a new representative to the US Congress.

Tuesday, voters went to the polls to elect a replacement to fill Jo Ann Emerson's seat.

Republican Jason Smith is heading to Washington, taking over for fellow Republican Emerson.

Smith received more than 67-percent of the vote.

Democratic candidate Steve Hodges came in second with 27-percent of the vote.

Libertarian Doug Enyart and Bill Slantz both finished below five-percent.

Smith will hold the position through 2014.

Emerson left congress four months ago after taking a position of leadership with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.