Noting that she was “honored” by her margin of victory in last week’s election, Rep. Sara Walsh, R-Ashland, said she is excited about the upcoming legislative session and ready to get back to Jefferson City to represent the people of District 50.

In the District 50 race, Walsh received 11,709 votes, beating Skelton by 3,542 votes, according to results after all precincts reported.

Walsh won the vote in all four counties of the 50th District, which covers northern Moniteau and Southern Boone counties, as well as northwestern Cole County and a part of southeastern Cooper County.

The vote totals were similar to the August, 2017 special election, just with more ballots cast, Walsh said. The race was marred by radio advertising paid for by a Republican reelection committee which claimed Skelton was an “advocate for violent protest” against law enforcement.

Skelton filed a defamation suit. The lawsuit, which was filed in Boone County Circuit Court, is aimed at the House Republican Campaign Committee, Zimmer Radio Group and Rep. Walsh.

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By Bruce Wallace