JEFFERSON CITY — Voters in an area along Interstate 44 chose two Republicans and a Democrat in special elections on Tuesday to fill two vacant state House seats and another in the state Senate.
The elections did not affect Republican control of the legislature. One Republican took a seat that had been held by a Democrat, one Democrat won a previously Republican-held seat, and one Republican replaced a Republican.
With all precincts reporting in the 94th House District, Democrat Jane Bogetto, a former school board member from Kirkwood, beat Republican Moira Byrd with 57.6 percent of the vote in an unofficial tally.
Voters in House District 150 chose a Republican, Jason Smith of Salem, to succeed Democrat Frank Barnitz of Lake Spring, who won a special Senate election earlier this year.
In the 29th Senate District, Rep. Jack Goodman, R-Mount Vernon, had 65.8 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting. He will fill the seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Larry Gene Taylor, R-Shell Knob.