JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Rep. Bill White looks to hold a commanding lead in the race to become the next state senator for District 32, replacing the term-limited Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard.
In a recent poll conducted by Remington Research, voters were asked, if the primary election were held today, whom they would vote for.
49 percent of those polled said they would vote for White, the state representative who has been hitting the ground hard in the district while rolling a large number of funds and donations. 19 percent said they would vote for O’Brian, the Joplin Chamber of Commerce leader, a newcomer to state politics. Hypothetically, O’Brian could secure victory if all of the undecided voters swing his way, but White seems to be the favorite as the more experienced politician of the two.
In terms of money, the latest reports with the Missouri Ethics Commission show O’Brian with $69,377.20 in cash on hand, having spent $37,151.80. White, meanwhile, shows $216,226.34 in cash on hand, with $75,798.86 spent, a significant advantage in funding.
“We are incredibly encouraged by the overwhelming support we’ve received from voters across the district,” White said. “This poll reflects our own internal polling and the responses we get from voters each and every day. Our comprehensive media campaign and field operation have put us in a great position to win.”
A request for comment from O’Brian’s campaign earlier in the week has not been answered as of this posting.
Benjamin Peters is a reporter for the Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine, and also produces the #MoLeg Podcast. He joined the Missouri Times in 2016 after working as a sports editor and TV news producer in mid-Missouri. Benjamin is a graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield. To contact Benjamin, email firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @BenjaminDPeters.