Bernskoetter captures 113th House seat

Republicans Barnes, Schad also win

First-time voter Cody Malone, left, waits for election judge Debbie Lindquist to verify his information Tuesday afternoon at the Runge Nature Center in Jefferson City. Election judge Rick Kutscher is at center right.

First-time voter Cody Malone, left, waits for election judge Debbie Lindquist to verify his information Tuesday afternoon at the Runge Nature Center in Jefferson City. Election judge Rick Kutscher is at center right. Photo by Kelley McCall.

Cole County’s three seats in the state House of Representatives are staying in Republican hands.

Mike Bernskoetter captured 64 percent of the vote over Democrat Cyrus Dashtaki in the 113th District state House seat in eastern Jefferson City and Cole County, with an unofficial vote of 7,743-4,369.

On the western side of Jefferson City and Cole County, Republican Jay Barnes cruised to an almost 9,100-vote win over Libertarian Janine Elizabeth Steck — with an unofficial total of 11,276 votes to 2,178 votes, and 85 write-ins.

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Incumbent Rodney Schad, Versailles, whose district includes the southwestern part of Cole County, also cruised to re-election over Independent candidate Randy Dinwiddie of the Lake of the Ozarks area.

Schad received 9,879 votes to Dinwiddie’s 2,121.

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