For the first time in 14 years, southwest Missouri's voice in Congress is up for grabs.
Rep. Roy Blunt is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Kit Bond.
That has opened the door to 13 men who want to represent Missouri's 7th district in Washington, D.C. Two Democrats and eight Republicans are running in the August 3 primary for a place on the November ballot.
Branson attorney Tim Davis and former staff attorney for Gov. Matt Blunt, Scott Eckersley, are running in the Democratic primary.
The Republican field is crowded with veteran and rookie politicians: Missouri state Sen. Jack Goodman of Lawrence County; former state representative from Joplin Steve Hunter; auctioneer Billy Long; Greene County prosecutive attorney Darrell Moore; Ash Grove farmer Mike Moon; Sen. Gary Nodler of Joplin; Iraq war veteran Jeff Wisdom; and small business owner Michael Wardell of Nixa.
Kevin Craig is running as the sole Libertarian candidate. Dean Moore is running as an independent. Nick Ladendorf is campaigning as a candidate for the Progressive Party.
KSPR's Joe Daues talked with 12 of the candidates and asked each of them the three same questions. (Hunter did not participate.)