Alford wins Republican nomination in CD 4

Jefferson City, Missouri— Former journalist-turned-Republican candidate for Congress Mark Alford won the Republican nomination to replace Vicky Hartzler, who chose to run for the Senate instead of re-election in Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District.

Alford entered the race as the biggest underdog, but quickly showed his ability to quickly generate funds for his campaign. Alford finished second in fundraising behind Boone County connected Taylor Burks.

Alford won a competitive primary with four legitimate candidates, although he was considered the favorite going into the night of the primaries.

Alford defeated State Senator Rick Brattin, of R-Cass County, Kalena Bruce — who was backed by Gov. Mike Parson and the Missouri Farm Bureau — as well as veteran and former Boone County Clerk Taylor Burks.

All of the candidates picked their points to go to the right-wing talking points, balancing between trying to grab the moderate and far-right vote in the diverse district. For Alford, it was illegal immigration, as he repeatedly supported former President Donald Trump’s infamous border wall during the campaign trail.

Besides his support for the border wall, Alford ran on a relatively rule-compliant Republican platform with big money behind it. His message of defunding the police, pro-life without “exceptions” and opposition to gun control was effective and well worded, if not revolutionary.

Alford’s monetary advantage should see him safely through and into Congress in the general election. He will face Democrat Jack Tatum in the general election, Tatum ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.

The neighborhood is about as Republican as it gets. FiveThirtyEight gives Republicans an overwhelming advantage in the overall, with many models showing Republicans getting over 70% of the popular vote in CD 4.

Jack L. Goldstein