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Incumbent Republican Vicky Hartlzer defeated Democratic challenger Lindsey Simmons to win re-election to Missouri's 4th Congressional District seat Tuesday.

The Associated Press called the race for Hartzler just after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

With 353 of 384 precincts reporting as of 10:55 p.m. Tuesday, Hartzler had received 67.83 percent of votes (223,400 votes), followed by Simmons with 29.52 percent (97,204 votes) and Libertarian Steven Koonse with 2.65 percent (8,739 votes).

Hartzler retains the seat she was first elected to to in 2010, after beginning her time in public service as a member of the Missouri House of Representatives in 1994.

Hartlzer has said her focus will be on a number of issues, including getting tougher on China, making more faith-based organizations available to veterans suffering from PTSD, and expanding rural broadband.

Other priorities for Hartzler include rebuilding national defense, growing the economy, reforming health care to make it more accessible and affordable, and protecting life and the foundational rights such as those included in the First and Second Amendment.

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