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Wed Feb 13, 2013, 06:33 AM

Republicans choose state Rep. Jason Smith as 8th congressional district nominee

Missouri House Speaker Pro Tem Jason Smith, R-Salem, has beat out a dozen rivals to become the Republican nominee for the 8th District congressional seat recently vacated by Jo Ann Emerson.

He now will compete in the June 4 special election against an as-yet-unchosen Democratic rival.

The Associated Press reported that Smith declared after the vote, “We’re going to win this seat."

He then pledged to follow through with his call to cut federal spending: “The fiscal irresponsibility in Washington, D.C., is what’s destroying our country, and we’ve got to take control of it and get it back.”

Smith, 32, was chosen Saturday on the sixth round of balloting by the Republican committeepeople representing the various counties within the 8th, including part of Jefferson County.

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