Redistricting results in a decision by Russ Carnahan to challenge Lacy Clay for the St. Louis City congressional district. Carnahan's decision has left state Democratic lawmakers puzzled.
Wrap: Saint Louis City Democratic Representative Mike Colona says Carnahan's challenge was inevitable without the Supreme Court's final decision on the congressional map.
He said the court's decision may avoid a primary altogether.
|Description: "You know, we were hoping to avoid a Democratic Primary in the First, but if the Courts don't come out with new maps, it looks like that is what's going to happen."|
|Description: "We are still hopeful that the Supreme Court and this body will end up revisiting the maps and we'll be able to work that out, because I would hate to see them run against each other.|
The Supreme Court is expected to hand down their decision within the coming weeks.
Reporting from the State Capital, I'm Mary McGuire.
One Missouri lawmaker says race is a big issue in the St. Louis Congressional race between Democratic Representatives Russ Carnahan and Lacy Clay.
Wrap: Black Democratic St. Louis City Representative Tishaura Jones says the House race will be divided by racial lines.
|Description: "Even though we are, some may think that we are in an era of post-racial politics, race is still an issue, and it's an ever-present issue when it comes to this race."|
Jones also says the contest will be nasty and will embody everything people don't like about politics.
|Description: "In my opinion, blood is thicker than water, and I have a long standing familial relationship with the Clay family, so I have to go where my family goes, in this instance."|