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The standings for today: 5 candidates filed in Jeff City and the Royals scored 5 runs against the Reds while the Royal B team scored 2 runs against the Rangers.

Republican Brian Clark of Cleveland filed for Congress in the 4th district, making him the 7th Republican in the field and possibly the most obscure member of this field.

Republican Doug Farnen of Salisbury filed in HD22, a Republican-held seat which is opened by term limits. Despite the Republican incumbent’s narrow victory in 2008 and her history of narrow wins from 2002 to 2006, no Democrat has filed in this district. Really. If a Democrat files, then you never know what could happen here.

Republican Joel Blevins of Independence filed in HD52, a Democratic-held seat opened by term limits. Blevins’ entry sets up an epic Noel v. Joel primary with Republican Noel Torpey (who lost to Paul LeVota twice and ran for a few months and quit in 2008). The winner will face either Robbie Makinen or Chyanne Lockhart Cardarella. The 52nd should be one of the more competitive Democratic open seats in the KC area.

Republican Chris Johnston of Alton filed in HD153, a Republican-held seat opened by term limits. He will face Steve Cookson of Fairdealing in the Republican primary. The Democrat who has filed is Carter County Assessor George Meyers of Ellsinore. The 153rd might be a winnable seat due to his historic sympathies.

The 5th filer is a Democratic candidate for Circuit Judge. Anyways, I think 5 is a good over/under for tomorrow. The weather’s nice and a car/train ride should be enjoyable.