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Ann Wagner Wins Republican Nomination for 2nd Congressional District

A winner in the Democratic Party primary was declared using unofficial results a day after voters went to the polls.

After battling three other candidates in the Republican primary election for Missouri's 2nd Congressional District, Ann Wagner has won the nomination by an overwhelming vote.

Wagner, a Ballwin resident, and her campaign team hosted a primary watch event at the Hilton Frontenac Tuesday evening. More than 100 supporters, friends and family members attended the party in high spirits.

"We're a grassroots organization, a people-oriented campaign," Wagner said. "I will be in Washington, not of it."

Wagner served as a Republican committeewoman in Lafayette Township and then became chair of the Missouri Republican Party. Following her service as co-chair of the Republican National Committee, she was nominated by former President George W. Bush as the U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg for four years. 

Wagner faced off against Randy Jotte, of Webster Groves, John Morris, of St. Peters, and James O. Baker, of St. Peters in the Republican primary for the 2nd Congressional District.

In the Republican campaign, Wagner and Jotte seemed to be the only candidates wholeheartedly pursuing the nomination.

At 10:15 p.m. Jotte said, "I wish Ann all the luck." He said he feels good about the messages his campaign presented, especially with "the way our country is in transition."

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Libertarian candidate Bill Slantz, of St. Charles, and Constitution candidate Anatol Zorikova of Montreal, MO, will also be candidiates running for 2nd Congressional District on the November ballot.    

Pamela Quigley August 08, 2012 at 04:54 AM
How so...? "Grassroots movements are often at the local level, as many volunteers in the community give their time to support the local party, which can lead to helping the national party. For instance, a grassroots movement can lead to significant voter registration for a political party, which in turn helps the state and national parties." http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grassroots
Scott Simon August 08, 2012 at 09:18 AM
Grassroots? She's got to be kidding us. Actually she's not. Party insiders are dilusional, almost as they were in 2006 when they got their butts beat badly nationwide. Randy Jotte ran a grassroots campaign but certainly not Wagner. Shameful statement she made.
Lloyd Todd August 09, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Lloyd Todd It will be interesting to see if Ann Wagner tries harder to connect to the people she wants to represent, my two experience at difference venues were not all that enlighting, I hope she not more of the same.
Tommy Tutone August 10, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Learn how to spell, ladies. There is no "N" in Luxembourg.
Sheri Gassaway August 10, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Thanks for the heads up Tommy! The word has been updated! I think we all strive for perfection, but unfortunately no one's perfect. Appreciate you pointing out the mistake!

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