State Senator Gary Nodler is expected to run for Congress, which would be more shocking, if it didn’t happen in 1996 (losing to Roy Blunt) and 1988 (losing to Mel Hancock). Nodler’s opponents, so far, are St. Sen. Jack Goodman, Auctioneer Billy Long (who would be a force to be reckoned with in one minute speeches), Greene County prosecutor Darrell Moore, and College Instructor Jeff Wisdom.

No word on how many more Republicans will show up here. I’d need to check the math, but the Joplin/Springfield split could get Goodman elected if he can carry his district.

And no word on which Democrats are going to run in this district (which Hulshof won, and which I think Hubbard defeated Robin Carnahan).