Wagner holds off Democrat to secure fourth House term in Missouri

Wagner holds off Democrat to secure fourth House term in Missouri
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Rep. Ann WagnerAnn Louise WagnerA true believer in diversity, inclusion GOP amps up efforts to recruit women candidates Republicans offer 'free market alternative' to paid family leave MORE (R-Mo.) held off a challenge from Democrat Cort VanOstran to secure a fourth term in the House. 

Wagner's race was considered competitive by The Cook Political Report, though it gave her the advantage. 

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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee added the district to its "red to blue" list, meaning Democrats thought it could be flipped. 

But Missouri is a red state that Trump won by nearly 20 points in 2016. In Wagner's district, Trump won by 10. 

Wagner has a long history in Missouri, where she served in local government and chaired the state's Republican party in the 2000s.