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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 06:44 AM

Nixon sets June 4 to fill vacant 8th District seat, much later than Republicans wanted

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has announced that he is setting a special election for June 4 for voters in the state’s 8th congressional district to choose a replacement U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Cape Girardeau.

That’s two months later than Emerson had hoped. She had decided to step down as of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, a move up from her initial retirement date, to give Nixon the legal 10 weeks to call the special election for April 2.

Still, a spokesman for Emerson said today that she recognized that it was up to the governor to set the date.

Nixon’s staff says the hangup is compliance with federal and state laws set up to enable members of the military stationed overseas to vote.

https://www.stlbeacon.org/#!/content/28997/nixon_emerson_election_012213?coverpage=2576

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