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U.S. House of Representatives: Luetkemeyer and Dwyer victorious

Tuesday, August 3, 2010 | 11:49 p.m. CDT; updated 1:36 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 4, 2010

What happened: In the Republican primary, Blaine Luetkemeyer defeated James O. Baker by more than 6,000 votes for a 84.6 percent win.

Among the Libertarians, Christopher Dwyer defeated Steven Wilson in a closer race, 59.14 percent to 40.86 percent. 

Reaction:

“I’m looking forward to debates and meetings with Blaine Luetkemeyer. I’m trying to hit as many places and meetings as I can, like the Chamber of Commerce, Farm Bureau and League of Women Voters.”
--Christopher Dwyer

"Blaine is extremely humbled and thankful for the vote of confidence he received tonight from the people of the Ninth Congressional district. As the campaign moves forward, Blaine remains committed to listening to and addressing the concerns of the hard-working people of the Ninth district. Blaine also would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming support and prayers since the passing of daughter-in-law Amy."

— Paul Sloca, Luetkemeyer spokesman

On Nov. 2: Luetkemeyer will face Dwyer.

Issues:

During the campaign, both the Libertarian candidates and Republican candidates opposed this year's health care reform legislation.

Candidates from both parties generally believe government spending is too high and needs to be cut back.

Republican Luetkemeyer questioned the science behind global warming. 

Libertarians promised to support constitutional amendments if elected. Dwyer pledged to repeal the 16th and 17th amendments, establish term limits and craft an amendment to require a balanced budget.

Wilson drafted his own "Citizen's Equality and Sovereignty Amendment" to promote equality and end government waste.

 


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