Rep. William Lacy Clay (above) will face fellow Missouri Democratic Rep. Russ Carnahan in the states 1st district primary after Carnahans district was dismantled during reapportionment. According to some lawmakers, Carnahan was urged by Democratic leadership to run against a Republican in a nearby district, but he declined.
“You’ve got two progressive candidates who are going to compete for the progressive vote, and I think that’s where this race will actually be tipped,” a St. Louis Democratic source said.
But whatever issues dominate the race, expect the contest to be nasty and racially charged.
“Everybody has seen this day coming,” the source added. “But the powder’s lit now.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.