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Republican incumbent Hartzler, Libertarian Young win 4th Congressional District primary

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 | 11:58 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Republican incumbent Vicky Hartzler and Libertarian candidate Herschel Young won their respective party nominations for the 4th Congressional District race.

Tuesday's winners face Democrat Nate Irvin, 25, who was unopposed in the primary. He lives in Columbia, has been active in national political campaigns and is running for elective office for the first time.

REPUBLICAN WINNER

Incumbent Vicky Hartzler defeated challenger John Webb in the Republican nomination by a 3-1 margin.

She was first elected to the House in 2010 after defeating Democrat Ike Skelton. In 2012, she defeated Democrat Teresa Hensley for re-election, losing only in Boone County.

REACTION: Hartzler was "pretty pleased" with the way the primary election turned out, said Evan Helmuth, her campaign political director. He said they hope to take all 24 counties in the November election, and that Hartzler "commended John Webb on running a good campaign."

PRIORITIES: Challenge the Environmental Protection Agency on regulations, including new interpretations of the Clean Water Act; protect "the rights of the unborn;" try to repeal or remove funds from the Affordable Care Act; use her position on the Armed Services Committee to maintain a strong military and national security policy.

CAMPAIGN STRATEGY: Reach out to voters and motivate them to get to the polls; focus on Boone County, the only county she didn't win in 2012.

LIBERTARIAN WINNER

Herschel Young, 47, won the Libertarian nomination, defeating Randall Langkraehr in a close race, winning by only 63 votes. The final vote tally was 566-503.

REACTION: Listening to the results in his semi-truck coming back from St. Louis, Young said he and his wife were "ecstatic" with the results.

"Now we are going to start gearing up for the election in November," he said.

PRIORITIES: Reduce the tax burden on citizens; help protect the U.S. borders and make the naturalization process more efficient; shift control of education from federal departments to local school boards.

CAMPAIGN STRATEGY: Never missing a opportunity to speak to the public when  invited; attend all the fairs that he can; put up a few billboards on Interstate 70 and U.S. 65; make YouTube videos about his priorities and his life.


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