In a race watched closely in Laclede County, State Senator Justin Brown won re-election, defeating State Rep. Suzie Pollock for the state senate seat in the 16th district.
The race was close and Pollock did well in Laclede County, pulling more than 60 percent of the vote in the Republican primary, according to unofficial results from the Laclede County Clerk’s Office Tuesday night. She received 3,230 votes in Laclede County to 2,068 received by Brown.
As of Tuesday morning with 99 percent of the results, in, Brown received 50.9 percent of the vote, with 10,978 while Pollock received 10,594 votes, 49.1 percen of the total.
In Marries County, Pollock received 50.3 percent of the vote. brown received 55 percent of the vote in Pulaksi COunty. In Phelps County Brown received 52.1 percent of the vote to 47.9 percent for Pollock.
Redistricting moved Laclede County to Senate District 16 where Brown was the incumbent.
Brown was running for a seat he was elected to for the first time after his father, Dan Brown, held it for eight years. In a candidate profile, Brown said, “ I’m running for this office to protect rural Missouri and the future of our state. Our kids and grandkids are growing up in a different world than we did.”
Pollock, who currently serves as a representative for the 123rd district, had also vowed to champion rural issues.
“We are at a critical time in our country and state. We need sober minded, hard working senators that will put in the time and effort required to preserve our freedoms and protect our rural way of life,” she said in a profile published before the election.Brown thanked his supporters in a Facebook post.
"Thank you, District 16! I'm looking forward to representing you the next 4 years in the Missouri Senate. Thanks to all who voted. I'm grateful for your support," Brown said.