- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)43
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)6
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)2
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)31
- Tanker truck catches fire near Oak Ridge (04/24/16)7
- Local company makes eco-friendly kitty litter that cuts cat-box smell (04/25/16)
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
Republicans take all but 149th in area state legislative races
When Holly Rehder's defeat of Bart Ziegenhorn came late in the evening Tuesday, it was the end of a long road on the campaign trail, the newly-elected Sikeston native said of the race for the 148th House District.
"I'm very humbled by the support," said Rehder, who garnered more than 60 percent of the vote. "It's been wonderful, and fun campaigning, and I tell you, I pray for wisdom and courage every day and it has definitely been needed."
Throughout the race, Rehder, a Republican who owns a cable communications company in Sikeston and once worked for U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, held a large fundraising advantage over her Democratic opponent, who is the son of Scott County Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn.
A large voter turnout held up returns in parts of Scott County, where both candidates' supporters were found outside the polls Tuesday.
In the 149th district, Rep. Steve Hodges, a Democrat who currently represents the 161st district, won Tuesday with 66 percent of the vote over Republican Neal E. Boyd, who took 34 percent.
Republican Doug Libla took the 25th Senate district over Democrat Terry Swinger with 56 percent of the vote.
In the 151st House District, Republican Dennis Fowler, a recently retired longtime law enforcement officer, bested Democrat Ryan William Holder, a labor representative with 66 percent of the vote to Holder's 34 percent.