The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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August 7, 2012

Joplin voters deciding Republican primary for U.S. Senate

JOPLIN, Mo. — Several voters at Byers Avenue United Methodist Church in central Joplin said Tuesday they were casting votes for the Republican candidate that they think has the best chance of defeating incumbent Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, in November’s election for the U.S Senate seat.

Eight Republicans are listed on the ballot, though it’s largely a three-way race among Rep. Todd Akin; Sarah Steelman, a former state treasurer; and John Brunner, a retired businessman.

Ken Wilder, of Joplin, said his vote went to Akin because the representative had been targeted in television advertisements by the McCaskill campaign.

“I voted for Akin because Claire McCaskill doesn’t like him, so I figure he must be good,” said Wilder, an employee of AT&T in Joplin.

Ron and Sheila McReynolds, also of Joplin, said they both voted for Brunner.

“I liked his policy,” said Sheila McReynolds, who is retired. “I read the flier he sent out.”

Her husband, a bus driver for the Joplin School District, said he is looking for a “change in Washington” in November.

“He (Brunner) is a strong candidate to beat McCaskill,” he said.

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