Both Democratic U.S. Representatives from Missouri face primary challengers

U.S. Reps. Cori Bush (District 1) and Emanuel Cleaver (District 5) both face primary challengers this election cycle. Five candidates are running in the District 1 primary and two candidates are running in the District 5 primary. Those primaries will take place on Aug. 2, with the winners advancing to general elections on Nov. 8.

Incumbents feature in two of the seven contested Democratic primaries across all of Missouri’s congressional races this year. In the U.S. Senate primary, 11 candidates will compete for the party nomination. Three of the other U.S. House races (Districts 2, 6, and 7) have three Democratic candidates, while the other (District 3) has four. Only one Democratic candidate is on the ballot in Districts 4 and 8.

Incumbents are not seeking re-election in three of the races. Roy Blunt (R) is retiring from the U.S. Senate, while Vicky Hartzler (R-District 4) and Billy Long (R-District 7) are both running for U.S. Senate.

One U.S. Senate seat and eight seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are up for election in 2022. Democrats currently hold two of the House seats and Republicans currently hold both Senate seats and six House seats.