Democrat Deb Lavender nearly knocked off Republican Budget Chair Rick Stream last week. She lost by 249 votes.  And when you look at outside help, it looks like a case where Republicans provided just enough support to carry their candidate across the finish line.  HRCC sent a little over $37K into the district, and MO GOP Party added another $17K independent expenditure.


According to the Missouri Ethics Commission website, HDCC’s only help came in July to the tune of about $7,000.


For Dems, one would think this will be ripe for a pick-up without an incumbent Republican.  But there won’t be any anti-Akin wind at their back then either.