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."
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.