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Columbia Missourian

Luetkemeyer might have face off in a 2010 GOP primary

By Andrew Denney
February 23, 2010 | 6:04 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer could have to defend his seat in Missouri’s Ninth Congressional District against another Republican this year.

James Baker, a St. Peters resident, filed to run for the seat on Tuesday, the opening day for candidates to file for state midterm elections.

While Luetkemeyer did not file to run for re-election Tuesday, he said in a release that he would do so on the morning of March 1.

James Harris, a spokesman for the Luetkemeyer campaign, said it is too early at this point to comment on Baker’s decision to take on the freshman congressman.

Luetkemeyer took the seat in 2008, beating Columbia Democrat Judy Baker with less than 3 percent of the vote. He replaced Kenny Hulshof, who left the seat for an unsuccessful run for governor.

The last time Baker ran for office, he made an unsuccessful bid for Missouri’s 16th state representative district in a 2002 Republican primary against Carl Bearden, who won with nearly 80 percent of the vote.

Baker could not be reached by phone Tuesday afternoon.