Beetem, Barnes, Bernskoetter challenged

Two Jefferson City lawmakers and a Cole County circuit judge picked up election opponents this week, before filings closed Tuesday.

But Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, has to wait until after 5 p.m. Friday to learn if she has a primary battle or only a general election challenge — because Missouri law gives candidates an extra three days to file in a race if another candidate in that race withdraws in the last two days before the filing deadline.

In Mid-Missouri, only the governor’s race and the new 49th House District in Callaway County are affected by that law.

Under the current legislative districts, freshmen Reps. Jay Barnes and Mike Bernskoetter, both Jefferson City Republicans, represent about equal amounts of Jefferson City and Cole County.

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Under the new districts map drawn last year and finally approved by the state Supreme Court on Tuesday, Barnes’ district covers most of the city, while Bernskoetter’s district has a small portion of eastern Jefferson City and much — but not all — of rural Cole County.

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