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Gender Not a Factor in Missouri State-Wide Races

September 9, 2004
By: Bente Birkeland
State Capital Bureau

A Missouri political expert says the high number of women running for Missouri's top state offices will not sway voters. Bente Birkeland reports from Jefferson City.

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This fall Missouri voters have the power to elect women to five out of six state-wide offices. The nominees include four democrats and two republicans. Rick Hardy, a political science professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia says gender will not be an issue in the state-wide races.

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Where we reach equality is when people vote for issues and experience rather than gender. And I think that's what we'll see. It's only a matter of time before we have a woman govenor. It very well could be Claire McCaskill this time.

Attorney General is the only state-wide office without a female nominee.

From the state Capital. I'm Bente Birkeland