JEFFERSON CITY — Hundreds of political hopefuls are trekking to Missouri's capital to put their names on the 2010 ballot.
Filing for the Aug. 3 party primaries opened Tuesday and will continue until March 30.
A glitch in a new computer system being used by the secretary of state's office delayed the start of filing for about 15 minutes. But things picked up quickly after that.
Missouri's top race will be to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Kit Bond. The leading contenders are Republican Congressman Roy Blunt and Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.
The state auditor's office is also up for election, as are all nine of Missouri's U.S. House seats, 163 state House seats and half of the state Senate seats.