After making their picks for president and governor, Greene County voters will also decide on their representatives in the Missouri House today.
Most of the races appear fairly predictable — six for Republicans, one for Democrats — but House District 135, on Springfield’s east side, is one to watch.
Republicans have held the seat since 2013, and incumbent Rep. Steve Helms has won it twice.
But their margins have been shrinking, going from 15.8 percentage points in 2014 to 5.7 points two years ago, and now Democrat Betsy Fogle, a public health worker, thinks she can flip it.
She says the evidence became even clearer in August, when the district overwhelmingly backed Medicaid expansion, which she supports and Helms does not.
She points out that Helms also joined with the rest of his party to back an anti-union “right to work” bill that voters resoundingly rejected at the polls.
“They keep telling us what they want to see in Jefferson City, and he’s just not listening,” she said.
Helms has remained confident throughout the race and touted popular positions like his votes to boost funding for schools and his bills aimed at making health care prices more transparent front and center.
The House Republican Campaign Committee has also spent more than $130,000 to tar Fogle as a radical hellbent on booting people off their health care plans, passing a job-killing tax hike, and defunding the police.
While Fogle says she will not do any of those things, she’s conceded the ads have hurt her with a least some voters who may be confused.
Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and results will begin rolling out after everyone in line at 7 p.m. has voted.
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Austin Huguelet is the News-Leader’s politics reporter. Got something he should know? Have a question? Call him at 417-403-8096 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.