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story.lead_photo.caption U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Missouri

Republican Rep. Vicky Hartzler held off a primary challenge on Tuesday and will seek a sixth term in Congress in Missouri's 4th District in November.

Hartzler, 59, of Harrisonville, defeated Neal Gist in the GOP primary. She will face Democrat Lindsey Simmons in November.

Simmons, a Harvard-educated lawyer, was unopposed in the primary. She has worked for several Missouri Democrats, including former Sen. Claire McCaskill, former Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster and former Rep. Ike Skelton, Hartzler's Democratic predecessor in the 4th District.

Hartzler has been a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump. She disclosed last month that her family's businesses received nearly $480,000 from a federal program to help small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

She serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Agriculture Committee.

The 4th District covers portions of central and western Missouri.

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