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Locals Gather Primary Night at Watch Parties

Republicans and Democrats in Greene County gathered just down the road from each other in Springfield last night to await election results. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Tuesday was a big night for both Republicans and Democrats in Greene County who attended watch parties organized by local political party leaders.

Republicans were fired up at the Lamplighters Inn in Springfield.

And so were the democrats over at campaign headquarters for Representative Sara Lampe.

Greene County Democrats say they're ready to take on Republicans...Matt Patterson is chair of the Greene County Democratic Party.

Greene County Republicans meanwhile say they'll be able to handle democratic challengers.

Cindy Stein is chair of the Greene County Republican Party.

The seat that Republicans want to take back is the only House seat held by a democrat in Southwest Missouri...Representative Sara Lampe, a retired educator now holds that seat.

Lampe did not have an opponent Tuesday night.

Republican Steve Helms says he's running because he thinks Lampe's district needs a change in its representation.

Helms owns a business consulting firm.

Helms defeated Michael Goodart in one of several closely watched Republican House primaries.

The chair of the Greene County Republican Party Cindy Stein says the tough contests among Republicans have not weakened candidates or drained their resources.

Greene County Democrats say Republicans will face more hard fought races...Greene County Democratic Party chair Matt Patterson.

The general election is November 7th.