9:00 EST: 71 Republic has called the primary for Hawley.
8:56 EST: A lot of the vote just came in. With 6% of the vote in, Hawley still has a big lead with 59% of the vote with Monetti at 10% of the vote and Petersen at 7.3% of the vote.
8:42 EST: With 4,452 votes in, Josh Hawley still has a significant lead with 56.5% of the vote with Tony Monetti at 9.3% and Austin Petersen at 9.2%. The other several candidates make up 25.1% of the vote. Long ways to go still, but looking good for Hawley.
8:24 EST: With first results coming in, Josh Hawley is on top with 56% of the vote, with Tony Monetti having 11.1%, Kristi Nichols having 9.3% of the vote and Austin Petersen receiving 6.7% so far. Only 1,478 votes are in so far, however, so you still have a while to go.
7:49 EST: Results are scheduled to start coming in at 8:30 EST. Stay tuned for updates.
Tonight is the night of the primaries for the Senate race in Missouri to determine who’ll be the Republican and Democratic nominees in November. Incumbent Claire McCaskill is expected to get re-elected, but the Republicans may put up a worthwhile fight. So we will be watching the Republican primaries The two main candidates are Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley and Austin Petersen. We’ll be updating results onto this page as they come in. Polls close at 8 PM EST, the first results are expected at 8:30 PM EST.
Petersen is one of the most visible libertarian voices running for office this election cycle, as his campaign has pushed for and championed many causes libertarians have long fought for such as an audit of the Federal Reserve, Criminal Justice Reform, an adoption of a non-interventionist Foreign Policy, cutting spending and taxes, protecting cryptocurrency from government regulation (which lead him to receive the biggest Bitcoin donation in American campaign history), championing strong 2nd amendment rights (and even gave away 2 AR-15s and a 3-D printed gun), and much, much more.
Although Petersen has strong grassroots support, the odds are against him, as the Republican establishment and Mitch McConnell wing of the GOP did everything in their power to ensure that Josh Hawley was the nominee representing the Republican Party in November. The Missouri GOP even decided to spend money on Hawley’s campaign before he became the official nominee instead of waiting for the Missouri voters to make their decision on who they wanted the nominee to be.