Voters in Missouri’s 135th House district covering east Springfield will have to wait a little bit longer to know who will represent them in Jefferson City.
As of Tuesday’s final count, just 34 votes separated Democratic challenger Betsy Fogle and incumbent Republican Steve Helms in one of the most competitive and closely watched races in the state.
That number is still in the margin to trigger a recount, but with some absentee ballots still remaining, Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller said it was too early to tell for sure whether that would be necessary.
One thing was for sure, however: voters would not know Tuesday night how the race came out.
Helms, who was running for a third term, said in an interview he had been contacted by Schoeller and was not expecting results until the end of the week.
“We know it was going to be a tight race, and just have to wait until all the results are in,” Helms said.
Fogle, who was stationed at a Democratic watch party with her family, said while she was disappointed not to know the results on election night, she was pleased with her campaign and her volunteers.
“We can go home tonight proud of the work we did,” she said.
The 135th district was one of eight local races up for grabs Tuesday in Greene County.
Here are the results late Tuesday for all the Greene County House races. Republicans led in all Springfield-area races with the exception of HD 135 and HD 132 — where incumbent Democrat Crystal Quade was poised for reelection by a wide margin.
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.