Incumbent Nate Walker wins state representative primary race

The most closely watched local race of the primary election season in the Heartland ends with the challenger conceding defeat. We are talking about the race for Missouri 3rd District State Representative.

Incumbent Republican State Representative Nate Walker declared victory with challenger Dr. John Bailey conceding defeat.

KTVO was able to catch up with both Walker and Bailey at their campaign headquarters Tuesday night. Walker walked into his campaign office in Kirksville and declared victory. Walker thanked his supporters and is looking forward to continuing work in Jefferson City.

"I look forward to another term and thank you all for helping me because without your help, I would not have been able to get over this big hump in this campaign because it was a heartfelt battle," Walker said.

Bailey told KTVO that he's proud of the campaign that he ran.

"I think we fought a hard campaign. I think we tried to keep a good campaign and tried to just bring out the issues and the points that were pertinent to the people in Northeast Missouri," Bailey said.

Bailey called Walker to congratulate him on his win before thanking family and friends for supporting him throughout the race. Bailey says he is going to take the next few days to reassess his campaign, and will then decide if he will run for office again.