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In August of 2017, via the Missouri Secretary of State:

State of Missouri – Special – State Legislative District 50 – August 08, 2017
State Representative – District 50, unexpired term
27 of 27 Precincts Reported
Sara Walsh Republican 3,741 52.103%
Michela Skelton Democratic 3,439 47.897%
Total Votes: 7,180

That was close. The rematch is on November 6th.

Michela Skelton (D) [2017 file photo].

The House Republican Campaign Committee (HRCC) is very interested in this race. At this point in the election cycle any campaign expenditure over $250.00 must be reported within twenty-four hours. The HRCC is spending serious money against Michela Skelton (D) in the 50th Legislative District.

Via the Missouri Ethics Commission:

MISSOURI ETHICS COMMISSION DIRECT EXPENDITURE REPORT
11/1/2018HOUSE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, INC

Michela Skelton PO Box 441 Ashland MO 65010
Missouri State Representative HD50 [opposed]
10/31/2018 $70,026.65

Michela Skelton (D) should be flattered. That’s close to $20.00 a vote on behalf of Sara Walsh (r) based on the results of the 2017 special election.

Sara Walsh (r) [2018 file photo].

How have the candidates’ campaign fundraising been going? For Sara Walsh (r), the [now] incumbent:

C161082: Friends Of Sara Walsh
Committee Type: Candidate
Po Box 14
Ashland Mo 65010
Party Affiliation: Republican
Established Date: 03/08/2016
[….]
Information Reported On: 2018 – 8 Day Before General Election-11/6/2018
Beginning Money on Hand $41,280.62
Monetary Receipts + $11,063.63
Monetary Expenditures – $40,524.20
Contributions Made – $0.00
Other Disbursements – $0.00
Subtotal ($29,460.57)
Ending Money On Hand $11,820.05

And for Michela Skelton (D), the [again] challenger:

C171263: Friends Of Michela Skelton
Committee Type: Candidate
Po Box 441
Ashland Mo 65010
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Established Date: 09/13/2017
[….]
Information Reported On: 2018 – AMENDED 8 Day Before General Election-11/6/2018
Beginning Money on Hand $39,104.25
Monetary Receipts + $14,721.08
Monetary Expenditures – $35,255.38
Contributions Made – $0.00
Other Disbursements – $0.00
Subtotal ($20,534.30)
Ending Money On Hand $18,569.95

Well, there was a rough parity of sorts.

That $70,026.65 expenditure by the House Republican Campaign Committee seems a might bit excessive, don’t you think?