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Hartzler begins transition

Hartzler begins transition

Skelton's "stellar constituent service' to be emulated

November 4th, 2010 in News

Vicky Hartzler, Missouri's new 4th district representative, hugs her daughter, Tiffany, last week. Hartzler is preparing to make the transition to Washington, D.C. after ousting Ike Skelton from office.

Photo by Kelley McCall

As Missourians were casting ballots Tuesday, Harrisonville Republican Vicky Hartzler told a reporter she was "cautiously optimistic" about her challenge to Ike Skelton, the 34-year incumbent Democrat from Lexington.

By early Wednesday morning, she had blocked Skelton's re-election bid with an 11,993-vote, 5.3 percent victory margin - 113,500-101,507.

"I really wasn't (surprised) because I have just been out with the people of the 4th District now for over a year," she said during a Wednesday afternoon interview, repeating a key phrase of her primary and general election campaign.

Hartzler was confident she won because of Missouri issues, not because she's a Republican in a year when many Republicans captured victories.