State Rep. Sara Walsh (R-Ashland) speaks on the Missouri House floor in Jefferson City on January 18, 2022 (file photo courtesy of Tim Bommel at House Communications)

Ashland state lawmaker Walsh withdraws from congressional race

State Rep. Sara Walsh (R-Ashland) speaks on the Missouri House floor in Jefferson City on January 18, 2022 (file photo courtesy of Tim Bommel at House Communications)

Missouri’s House GOP majority caucus chair has announced that she’s withdrawing her candidacy for Congress in west-central Missouri’s fourth district.

State Rep. Sara Walsh (R-Ashland) notes the new congressional map approved by state lawmakers moves her entire House district to the third congressional district, which is held by U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-St.Elizabeth).

While she could legally still run in the fourth district, Walsh says the new map removes her strongest base of support, referring to southern Boone, Moniteau and Cooper counties. She says that has a severe impact on her chances of winning the August primary.

She also says she cannot ask residents for campaign contributions when they’re suffering from rising gas and food prices.

Representative Walsh will join us live tomorrow at 7:10 on “Wake Up Columbia.”

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