(St.Joseph,MO) Tony Luetkemeyer has come out on top in the Republican primary for a state Senate seat in a race that was as much about money as it was about politics.Luetkemeyer won Tuesday's GOP primary with 54-percent of the vote over Buchanan County Presiding Commissioner Harry Roberts.
“It feels great, this has been a long, hard fought race. My opponent and I both fought hard races and I’m just happy to be done, happy to be moving on to the next phase,” Luetkemeyer said.
The highly contested nomination for the state's 34th District Senate seat garnered attention not only for the negative attack ads from both campaigns, but for the money poured into the race.
Luetkemeyer raised nearly $470,000, while Roberts raised around $317,000.
However, the primary has attracted significant money from a political action committee. The Kansas City Star reported that Missouri Senate Conservatives Fund raised more than $750,000 for Luetkemeyer's campaign.
Moving forward Luetkemeyer said he will continue knocking doors and meeting voters to prepare for the general election.
“As I’ve gone around both counties a lot of issues are similar. People are concerned about crime.We’ve seen increases in crime on both sides of the county line, that’s something people want to rein in and get under control,” Luetkemeyer said. “People care deeply about keeping their taxes low, they want to make sure there are more good paying jobs in Missouri for them to put food on the table and provide for their families. Those are going to be the types of things we continue to focus on in the general election.”
Luetkemeyer will take on the unopposed Democratic candidate, Martin Rucker II during the general election on November 6.