JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Justin Brown’s journey to follow in his father’s footsteps is one step closer to fruition.
The Republican hopeful for Senate District 16 secured the nomination as the GOP candidate for the seat left vacant by his dad, the term-limited Sen. Dan Brown.
Early on in the counting of votes, Brown looked on from behind, as Rep. Franklin looks to pull out an early lead, with the results from Camden County coming in first. Her home turf did not disappoint, with Franklin taking 55 percent of the vote (4,667 votes). Brown rallied for 27 percent (2,248 votes), with Rep. Keith Frederick taking 18 percent (1,534 votes).
More than two hours after the polls closed, Franklin still held a lead of 42 percent of the overall vote with 50 of the 71 precincts reporting their numbers. Brown trailed four points behind, but as the final precinct numbers came in, Brown emerged the victor with 40 percent of the vote.
We’ve spread our message throughout the counties of the 16th District, and the people have responded. Politicians have failed us, our rural values never have,” Brown said in a statement. “I want to thank all of my friends, supporters and opponents for their hard work and continued belief in our conservative message. Tonight’s results are a win for the people of rural Missouri.
The winner faces Democrat Ryan Dillon in the general election.
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.