Missouri's 8th congressional district

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Missouri's 8th congressional district
Missouri's 8th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Missouri's 8th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Jason T. Smith (RSalem)
Distribution 38.29% urban, 61.71% rural
Population (2010) 749,444
Median income $35,965
Ethnicity 92.36% White, 4.55% Black, 0.51% Asian, 1.57% Hispanic, 0.42% Native American, 0.23% other
Cook PVI R+17

Missouri's 8th Congressional District is one of 435 congressional districts in the United States and one of eight congressional districts in the state of Missouri. The district encompasses rural Southeast Missouri and South Central Missouri as well as some counties in Southwest Missouri. The district stretches from as far south as the Bootheel north to the St. Louis exurbs of Festus, Hillsboro, and surrounding areas in the Lead Belt and as far east as the counties along the Mississippi River to as far west along the Ozark Plateau near Branson.

The district is anchored in Cape Girardeau. A predominantly rural district, the district is heavily Republican at the federal level. In 2004, President George W. Bush received 63% of the vote in the district over U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) who clinched 36%; four years later in 2008, U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) carried the district with 61.92% over U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois) who received 36.42%. The district swung even more Republican in 2012 when former Governor Mitt Romney (R-Massachusetts) carried the district with 65.88% over President Barack Obama's 31.99%.

Jason T. Smith, a Republican, has represented the district since winning a special election on June 4, 2013, following the resignation of incumbent Republican U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson on January 22, 2013.

History[edit]

Redistricting (2012)[edit]

Missouri lost one of its nine congressional district seats following redistricting based on numbers from the 2010 U.S. Census. The Republican-controlled state legislature decided to carve up Missouri's 3rd Congressional District, the seat that was held by U.S. Representative Russ Carnahan (D-St. Louis). The district included all of Ste. Genevieve and Jefferson counties and southern St. Louis County and what is known as South City. Missouri’s 8th Congressional District lost its Taney County parts (which will now be included in the Southwestern-based 7th Congressional District, and picked up all of Crawford and Ste. Genevieve counties and most of the southern and western rural parts of Jefferson County. Parts of Jefferson County that are now included in Missouri’s 8th include all of the cities of Hillsboro and De Soto, and the extreme southern portions of the Twin Cities of Festus and Crystal City (most of these two cities are now a part of the 2nd Congressional District).

Character[edit]

Missouri's 8th is a relatively diverse congressional district. Although it is quite conservative and Republican-leaning at the federal level, Democrats often perform well here in local and state elections. Bill Clinton, a Democrat from neighboring Arkansas, managed to carry the 8th District both times in 1992 and 1996; since then, however, voters in the district have solidly supported the past three Republican presidential nominees.

At the local level, Democrats control a slight majority of elected county offices in Southeast Missouri. In presidential elections, Democratic candidates often perform best in the Bootheel, which is the most impoverished region in the district (and the state, for that matter) and contains a significant number of African Americans, as well as the Lead Belt region which contains a core constituency of voters who belong to labor unions, particularly in the mining industry.

The district takes in a large swath of the Bible Belt with evangelical Protestantism being the dominant religion in most counties in the district which influences many conservative voters especially on hot-button social issues like abortion, gay rights and gun control, as hunting is all but a way of life and rite of passage for many people in the district. Racially, it is one of the whitest districts in the state and many voters here maintain a rural lifestyle where agriculture and farming are the backbone of the economy and are important issues of concerns. Socioeconomically, it is the poorest district in Missouri (when measured by the median household income adjusted by inflation).

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years Electoral history
District created March 4, 1863
No image.svg William A. Hall Unionist March 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1865
Redistricted from the 3rd district
No image.svg John F. Benjamin Republican March 4, 1865 –
March 3, 1871
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg James G. Blair Liberal Republican March 4, 1871 –
March 3, 1873
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Abram Comingo Democratic March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1875
Redistricted from the 6th district
No image.svg Benjamin J. Franklin Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1879
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Samuel L. Sawyer Independent Democrat March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1881
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Robert T. Van Horn Republican March 4, 1881 –
March 3, 1883
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg John J. O'Neill Democratic March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1889
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Frederick G. Niedringhaus Republican March 4, 1889 –
March 3, 1891
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg John J. O'Neill Democratic March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1893
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Richard P. Bland Democratic March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1895
Redistricted from the 11th district
No image.svg Joel D. Hubbard Republican March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1897
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Richard P. Bland Democratic March 4, 1897 –
June 15, 1899
Died
Vacant June 15, 1899 –
August 29, 1899
No image.svg Dorsey W. Shackleford Democratic August 29, 1899 –
March 3, 1919
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg William L. Nelson Democratic March 4, 1919 –
March 3, 1921
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Sidney C. Roach Republican March 4, 1921 –
March 3, 1925
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg William L. Nelson Democratic March 4, 1925 –
March 3, 1933
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
District inactive, all representatives elected At-large on a general ticket March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1935
No image.svg Clyde Williams Democratic January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1943
Redistricted from the At-large district
No image.svg William P. Elmer Republican January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1945
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Albert Sidney Johnson Carnahan.jpg A. S. J. Carnahan Democratic January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1947
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Parke M. Banta Republican January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1949
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Albert Sidney Johnson Carnahan.jpg A. S. J. Carnahan Democratic January 3, 1949 –
January 3, 1961
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Richard H. Ichord II Democratic January 3, 1961 –
January 3, 1981
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Wendell Bailey Republican January 3, 1981 –
January 3, 1983
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
BillEmerson.jpg Bill Emerson Republican January 3, 1983 –
June 22, 1996
Redistricted from the 10th district
Died
Vacant June 22, 1996 –
November 5, 1996
Jo Ann Emerson, Official Portrait, 111th Congress.jpg Jo Ann Emerson
Republican November 5, 1996 –
January 3, 1997
First elected to finish her husband's term
Independent January 3, 1997 –
January 8, 1997
Elected as an Independent caucusing with Republicans due to Missouri state law.
Republican January 8, 1997 –
January 22, 2013
Changed parties
Resigned
Vacant January 23, 2013 –
June 4, 2013
Rep. Jason Smith (Missouri Politician).JPG Jason T. Smith Republican June 4, 2013 –
Present
Elected to finish Emerson's term

Counties[edit]

There are 30 counties included in the district.

Presidential Election Results[edit]

2000[edit]

County George W. Bush % Al Gore % Ralph Nader % Others % Margin % Total
Bollinger 3,487 65.87% 1,692 31.96% 41 0.77% 74 1.40% −1,795 R+ 33.91% 5,294
Butler 9,111 63.28% 4,996 34.70% 149 1.03% 141 0.99% −4,115 R+ 28.58% 14,397
Cape Girardeau 19,832 66.42% 9,334 31.26% 376 1.26% 317 1.06% −10,498 R+ 35.16% 29,859
Carter 1,730 61.61% 997 35.51% 40 1.42% 41 1.46% −733 R+ 26.10% 2,808
Crawford 4,754 57.26% 3,350 40.35% 100 1.20% 98 1.19% −1,404 R+ 16.91% 8,302
Dent 3,996 66.73% 1,839 30.71% 66 1.10% 87 1.46% −2,157 R+ 36.02% 5,988
Dunklin 5,426 51.55% 4,947 47.00% 78 0.74% 74 0.70% −479 R+ 4.55% 10,525
Howell 9,018 64.07% 4,641 32.97% 197 1.40% 219 1.56% −4,377 R+ 31.10% 14,075
Iron 2,237 50.68% 2,044 46.31% 64 1.45% 69 1.56% −193 R+ 4.37% 4,414
Madison 2,460 56.25% 1,828 41.80% 42 0.96% 43 0.99% −632 R+ 14.45% 4,373
Mississippi 2,395 45.93% 2,756 52.85% 29 0.56% 35 0.67% −361 D+ 6.92% 5,215
New Madrid 3,416 47.01% 3,738 51.45% 45 0.62% 67 0.92% −322 D+ 4.44% 7,266
Oregon 2,521 59.56% 1,568 37.04% 60 1.42% 84 1.98% −953 R+ 22.52% 4,233
Pemiscot 2,750 45.38% 3,245 53.55% 37 0.61% 28 0.46% −495 D+ 8.17% 6,060
Perry 4,667 67.61% 2,085 30.20% 70 1.01% 81 1.17% −2,582 R+ 37.41% 6,903
Phelps 9,444 58.49% 6,262 38.78% 253 1.57% 187 1.16% −3,182 R+ 19.71% 16,146
Reynolds 1,762 56.28% 1,298 41.46% 42 1.34% 29 0.92% −464 R+ 14.82% 3,131
Ripley 3,121 61.62% 1,820 35.93% 58 1.15% 66 1.30% −1,301 R+ 25.69% 5,065
Scott 8,999 57.30% 6,452 41.09% 113 0.72% 130 0.83% −2,547 R+ 16.21% 15,704
Shannon 2,245 59.38% 1,430 37.82% 48 1.27% 58 1.53% −815 R+ 21.56% 3,781
St. Francois 9,327 49.50% 9,075 48.17% 265 1.41% 174 0.93% −252 R+ 1.33% 18,841
Stoddard 7,727 62.04% 4,476 35.94% 114 0.92% 137 1.10% −3,251 R+ 26.10% 12,454
Texas 6,136 61.78% 3,486 35.10% 137 1.38% 173 1.74% −2,650 R+ 26.68% 9,932
Washington 4,020 48.64% 4,047 48.97% 95 1.15% 103 1.25% −27 D+ 0.33% 8,265
Wayne 3,346 57.22% 2,387 40.82% 55 0.94% 60 1.03% −959 R+ 16.40% 5,848
Wright 5,391 68.75% 2,250 28.70% 86 1.10% 114 1.45% −3,141 R+ 40.05% 7,841
District Total 139,318 58.85% 92,043 38.88% 2,660 1.12% 2,689 1.14% 47,275 R+ 19.97% 236,720

2004[edit]

County George W. Bush % John Kerry % Others % Margin % Total
Bollinger 4,102 69.58% 1,754 29.75% 39 0.63% −2,348 R+ 39.83% 5,895
Butler 11,696 71.14% 4,666 28.38% 79 0.48% −7,030 R+ 42.76% 16,441
Cape Girardeau 23,814 68.90% 10,568 30.57% 183 0.53% −13,246 R+ 38.33% 34,565
Carter 1,797 64.66% 964 34.69% 18 0.64% −833 R+ 29.97% 2,779
Dent 4,369 69.31% 1,865 29.58% 70 1.12% −2,504 R+ 39.73% 6,304
Douglas 4,498 71.09% 1,741 27.52% 88 1.39% −2,757 R+ 43.57% 6,327
Dunklin 6,720 57.55% 4,901 41.97% 56 0.48% −1,819 R+ 15.58% 11,677
Howell 11,097 67.75% 5,118 31.25% 164 1.00% −5,979 R+ 36.50% 16,379
Iron 2,477 52.94% 2,157 46.10% 45 0.96% −320 R+ 6.84% 4,679
Madison 2,905 59.07% 1,972 40.10% 41 0.84% −933 R+ 18.97% 4,918
Mississippi 2,903 54.79% 2,374 44.81% 21 0.40% −529 R+ 9.98% 5,298
New Madrid 4,154 52.54% 3,716 47.00% 37 0.47% −438 R+ 5.54% 7,907
Oregon 2,769 59.26% 1,823 39.01% 81 1.74% −946 R+ 20.25% 4,673
Ozark 3,083 65.50% 1,561 33.16% 63 1.34% −1,522 R+ 32.34% 4,707
Pemiscot 3,398 49.93% 3,381 49.68% 27 0.40% −17 R+ 0.25% 6,806
Perry 5,583 67.70% 2,621 31.78% 43 0.52% −2,962 R+ 35.92% 8,247
Phelps 11,874 63.50% 6,666 35.65% 160 0.75% −5,208 R+ 27.85% 18,700
Reynolds 1,896 56.36% 1,449 43.07% 19 0.57% −447 R+ 13.29% 3,364
Ripley 3,693 65.33% 1,907 33.73% 53 0.94% −1,786 R+ 31.60% 5,653
Scott 11,330 64.94% 6,057 34.71% 61 0.35% −5,273 R+ 30.23% 17,448
Shannon 2,511 60.26% 1,618 38.83% 38 0.92% −893 R+ 21.43% 4,167
St. Francois 12,087 52.71% 10,748 46.87% 98 0.43% −1,339 R+ 5.84% 22,933
Stoddard 9,242 69.74% 3,946 29.78% 64 0.48% −5,296 R+ 39.96% 13,252
Taney* 3,496 67.53% 1,644 31.76% 37 0.71% −1,852 R+ 35.77% 5,177
Texas 7,234 65.66% 3,664 33.25% 120 1.09% −3,570 R+ 32.41% 11,018
Washington 4,641 50.57% 4,459 48.58% 78 0.84% −182 R+ 1.99% 9,178
Wayne 3,919 63.17% 2,250 36.27% 35 0.57% −1,669 R+ 26.90% 6,204
Wright 6,090 72.97% 2,188 26.22% 68 0.82% −3,902 R+ 46.75% 8,346
District Total 173,378 63.50% 97,778 35.81% 1,886 0.69% 75,600 R+ 27.69% 273,042
  • These numbers reflect only the eastern sections of Taney County that were included in the 8th Congressional District.

2008[edit]

County John McCain % Barack Obama % Others % Margin % Total
Bollinger 3,972 68.67% 1,690 29.22% 122 2.11% −2,282 R+ 39.45% 5,784
Butler 11,805 68.09% 5,316 30.66% 217 1.25% −6,489 R+ 37.43% 17,338
Cape Girardeau 24,768 66.30% 12,208 32.68% 379 1.01% −12,560 R+ 33.62% 37,446
Carter 1,840 63.49% 984 33.95% 74 2.55% −856 R+ 29.54% 2,898
Dent 4,655 67.78% 2,056 29.94% 157 2.29% −2,599 R+ 37.84% 6,868
Douglas 4,405 65.63% 2,140 31.88% 167 2.49% −2,265 R+ 33.75% 6,712
Dunklin 7,044 59.88% 4,540 38.59% 180 1.53% −2,504 R+ 21.29% 11,764
Howell 10,982 64.49% 5,736 33.68% 311 1.83% −5,246 R+ 30.81% 17,029
Iron 2,090 47.35% 2,213 50.14% 111 2.51% −123 D+ 2.79% 4,414
Madison 2,897 57.62% 2,042 40.61% 89 1.77% −855 R+ 17.01% 5,028
Mississippi 3,034 56.65% 2,247 41.95% 75 1.40% −787 R+ 14.70% 5,356
New Madrid 4,593 56.76% 3,370 41.65% 129 1.59% −1,223 R+ 15.11% 8,092
Oregon 2,652 57.77% 1,811 39.45% 128 2.78% −841 R+ 18.32% 4,591
Ozark 2,918 62.27% 1,661 35.45% 107 2.28% −1,257 R+ 26.82% 4,686
Pemiscot 3,954 56.11% 3,029 42.98% 64 0.91% −925 R+ 13.13% 7,047
Perry 5,527 63.92% 3,005 34.75% 115 1.33% −2,522 R+ 29.17% 8,647
Phelps 11,706 60.22% 7,394 38.04% 338 1.74% −4,312 R+ 22.18% 19,524
Reynolds 1,782 54.21% 1,418 43.14% 87 2.65% −364 R+ 11.07% 3,287
Ripley 3,407 63.53% 1,795 33.47% 161 3.00% −1,612 R+ 30.06% 5,363
Scott 11,563 64.15% 6,258 34.72% 205 1.13% −5,305 R+ 29.43% 18,082
Shannon 2,075 54.06% 1,637 42.65% 126 3.29% −438 R+ 11.41% 3,838
St. Francois 12,660 51.57% 11,540 47.01% 350 1.42% −1,120 R+ 4.56% 24,550
Stoddard 9,172 69.16% 3,899 29.40% 191 1.44% −5,273 R+ 39.76% 13,262
Taney* 2,138 67.62% 979 30.96% 45 1.42% −1,159 R+ 36.66% 3,162
Texas 7,215 66.49% 3,410 31.43% 226 2.08% −3,805 R+ 35.06% 10,851
Washington 4,706 48.95% 4,711 49.00% 197 2.05% −5 D+ 0.05% 9,614
Wayne 3,784 61.49% 2,243 36.45% 127 2.06% −1,541 R+ 25.04% 6,154
Wright 5,784 67.94% 2,557 30.03% 173 2.03% −3,227 R+ 37.91% 8,514
District Total 174,564 61.92% 102,682 36.42% 4,688 1.66% 71,882 R+ 25.50% 281,934
  • These numbers reflect only the eastern sections of Taney County that were included in the 8th Congressional District.

2012[edit]

County Mitt Romney % Barack Obama % Others % Margin % Total
Bollinger 4,095 75.05% 1,213 22.23% 148 2.72% −2,882 R+ 52.82% 5,456
Butler 12,248 72.52% 4,363 25.83% 278 1.65% −7,885 R+ 46.69% 16,889
Cape Girardeau 25,370 70.81% 9,728 27.15% 731 2.04% −15,642 R+ 43.66% 35,829
Carter 1,978 70.67% 754 26.94% 67 2.39% −1,224 R+ 43.73% 2,799
Crawford 6,434 67.17% 2,951 30.81% 194 2.03% −3,483 R+ 36.36% 9,579
Dent 4,883 73.51% 1,585 23.86% 175 2.63% −3,298 R+ 49.65% 6,671
Douglas 4,649 70.90% 1,710 26.08% 198 3.02% −2,939 R+ 44.82% 6,557
Dunklin 6,850 64.31% 3,636 34.14% 165 1.55% −3,214 R+ 30.17% 10,651
Howell 11,544 70.62% 4,395 26.89% 407 2.49% −7,149 R+ 43.73% 16,346
Iron 2,252 55.87% 1,669 41.40% 110 2.73% −583 R+ 14.47% 4,031
Jefferson* 14,608 55.18% 11,277 42.59% 591 2.23% −3,331 R+ 12.59% 26,476
Madison 3,227 65.46% 1,588 32.21% 115 2.33% −1,639 R+ 33.25% 4,930
Mississippi 2,997 60.91% 1,858 37.76% 65 1.33% −1,139 R+ 23.15% 4,920
New Madrid 4,284 59.09% 2,814 38.81% 152 2.10% −1,470 R+ 20.28% 7,250
Oregon 2,886 65.28% 1,419 32.10% 116 2.62% −1,467 R+ 33.18% 4,421
Ozark 3,080 69.17% 1,261 28.32% 112 2.51% −1,819 R+ 40.85% 4,453
Pemiscot 3,598 56.80% 2,671 42.16% 66 1.04% −927 R+ 14.64% 6,335
Perry 5,669 70.98% 2,184 27.34% 134 1.68% −3,485 R+ 43.64% 7,987
Phelps 11,895 65.05% 5,798 31.71% 593 3.24% −6,097 R+ 33.34% 18,286
Reynolds 1,931 60.31% 1,157 36.13% 114 3.56% −774 R+ 24.18% 3,202
Ripley 3,743 71.12% 1,396 26.52% 124 2.36% −2,347 R+ 44.60% 5,263
Scott 11,623 68.37% 5,122 30.13% 254 1.50% −6,501 R+ 38.24% 16,999
Shannon 2,262 61.27% 1,302 35.27% 128 3.46% −960 R+ 26.00% 3,692
St. Francois 13,248 58.67% 8,829 39.10% 505 2.23% −4,419 R+ 19.57% 22,705
Ste. Genevieve 4,055 50.25% 3,813 47.25% 202 2.50% −242 R+ 3.00% 8,070
Stoddard 9,496 73.81% 3,153 24.51% 217 1.68% −6,343 R+ 49.30% 12,866
Texas 7,618 70.77% 2,871 26.67% 275 2.56% −4,747 R+ 44.10% 10,764
Washington 5,071 58.32% 3,417 39.30% 207 2.38% −1,654 R+ 19.02% 8,695
Wayne 3,790 66.26% 1,813 31.70% 117 2.04% −1,977 R+ 34.56% 5,720
Wright 5,830 73.29% 1,953 24.55% 172 2.16% −3,877 R+ 48.74% 7,955
District Total 201,214 65.88% 97,700 31.99% 6,523 2.13% 103,514 R+ 33.89% 305,437
  • These numbers reflect only the western and southern sections of Jefferson County that are included in the 8th Congressional District.

Presidential Primary Election Results[edit]

2008 Democratic Presidential Primary[edit]

County Hillary Rodham Clinton % Barack Obama % John Edwards % Others % Margin % Total
Bollinger 971 74.12% 293 22.37% 38 2.90% 8 0.61% −678 C+ 51.75% 1,310
Butler 2,490 69.87% 960 26.94% 82 2.30% 32 0.90% −1,530 C+ 42.93% 3,564
Cape Girardeau 4,510 56.55% 3,145 39.44% 247 3.10% 73 0.92% −1,365 C+ 17.11% 7,975
Carter 541 75.24% 137 19.05% 32 4.45% 5 0.70% −404 C+ 56.19% 719
Dent 962 62.23% 493 31.89% 74 4.79% 17 1.10% −469 C+ 30.34% 1,546
Douglas 827 62.32% 454 34.21% 39 2.94% 7 0.53% −373 C+ 28.11% 1,327
Dunklin 2,587 78.44% 604 18.31% 69 2.09% 38 1.15% −1,983 C+ 60.13% 3,298
Howell 2,307 64.07% 1,168 32.44% 99 2.75% 27 0.75% −1,139 C+ 31.63% 3,601
Iron 1,180 70.53% 406 24.27% 72 4.30% 15 0.90% −774 C+ 46.26% 1,673
Madison 971 68.72% 344 24.35% 64 4.53% 34 2.40% −627 C+ 44.37% 1,413
Mississippi 1,094 65.43% 502 30.02% 57 3.41% 19 1.14% −592 C+ 35.41% 1,672
New Madrid 1,801 71.19% 610 24.11% 101 3.99% 18 0.71% −1,191 C+ 47.08% 2,530
Oregon 989 71.77% 332 24.09% 42 3.05% 15 1.09% −657 C+ 47.68% 1,378
Ozark 689 65.62% 332 31.62% 18 1.71% 11 1.05% −357 C+ 34.00% 1,050
Pemiscot 1,270 70.83% 466 25.99% 34 1.90% 23 1.28% −804 C+ 44.84% 1,793
Perry 1,180 61.24% 650 33.73% 81 4.20% 16 0.83% −530 C+ 27.51% 1,927
Phelps 2,392 53.93% 1,878 42.34% 122 2.75% 43 0.97% −514 C+ 11.59% 4,435
Reynolds 741 66.22% 277 24.75% 70 6.26% 31 2.77% −464 C+ 41.47% 1,119
Ripley 1,073 74.20% 282 19.50% 72 4.98% 19 1.31% −791 C+ 54.70% 1,446
Scott 2,931 63.43% 1,443 31.23% 191 4.13% 56 1.22% −1,488 C+ 32.20% 4,621
Shannon 914 69.72% 323 24.64% 50 3.81% 24 1.83% −591 C+ 45.08% 1,311
St. Francois 5,418 70.25% 1,993 25.84% 224 2.90% 78 1.01% −3,425 C+ 44.41% 7,713
Stoddard 2,225 72.95% 684 22.43% 112 3.67% 29 0.95% −1,541 C+ 50.52% 3,050
Taney* 1,219 62.51% 674 34.56% 39 2.00% 18 0.92% −545 C+ 27.95% 1,950
Texas 1,858 68.03% 743 27.21% 101 3.70% 29 1.06% −1,115 C+ 40.82% 2,731
Washington 2,345 74.63% 670 21.32% 100 3.18% 27 0.86% −1,675 C+ 53.31% 3,142
Wayne 1,458 75.94% 359 18.70% 71 3.70% 32 1.66% −1,099 C+ 57.24% 1,920
Wright 1,143 69.48% 452 27.48% 36 2.19% 14 0.85% −691 C+ 42.00% 1,645
District Total 48,086 66.92% 20,674 28.77% 2,337 3.25% 762 1.06% 27,412 C+ 38.15% 71,859
  • These numbers reflect only the eastern sections of Taney County that were included in the 8th Congressional District at the time of the Missouri Democratic Presidential Primary on Super Tuesday, February 5, 2008.

2008 Republican Presidential Primary[edit]

County Mike Huckabee % John McCain % Mitt Romney % Ron Paul % Others % Margin % Total
Bollinger 657 39.72% 518 31.32% 384 23.22% 65 3.93% 30 1.81% −139 H+ 8.04% 1,654
Butler 2,215 48.85% 1,117 24.64% 1,007 22.21% 134 2.96% 61 1.35% −1,098 H+ 24.21% 4,534
Cape Girardeau 3,068 27.63% 3,528 31.77% 3,922 35.32% 361 3.25% 226 2.04% −394 R+ 3.55% 11,105
Carter 373 52.39% 202 28.37% 107 15.03% 24 3.37% 6 0.84% −171 H+ 24.02% 712
Dent 959 48.78% 442 22.48% 411 20.91% 127 6.46% 27 1.37% −517 H+ 26.30% 1,966
Douglas 1,343 55.04% 516 21.15% 270 11.07% 295 12.09% 16 0.66% −827 H+ 33.89% 2,440
Dunklin 1,309 58.52% 480 21.46% 381 17.03% 36 1.61% 31 1.39% −829 H+ 37.06% 2,237
Howell 2,882 52.97% 1,347 24.76% 793 14.57% 356 6.54% 63 1.16% −1,535 H+ 28.21% 5,441
Iron 354 43.17% 269 32.80% 138 16.83% 43 5.24% 16 1.95% −85 H+ 10.37% 820
Madison 560 43.96% 452 35.48% 185 14.52% 51 4.00% 26 2.04% −108 H+ 8.48% 1,274
Mississippi 471 42.59% 373 33.73% 226 20.43% 15 1.36% 21 1.90% −98 H+ 8.86% 1,106
New Madrid 656 48.74% 386 28.68% 250 18.57% 43 3.19% 11 0.82% −270 H+ 20.06% 1,346
Oregon 696 58.88% 242 20.47% 134 11.34% 101 8.54% 9 0.76% −454 H+ 38.41% 1,182
Ozark 766 48.09% 428 26.87% 235 14.75% 149 9.35% 15 0.94% −338 H+ 21.22% 1,593
Pemiscot 565 57.59% 233 23.75% 149 15.19% 20 2.04% 14 1.43% −332 H+ 33.84% 981
Perry 575 25.76% 973 43.59% 542 24.28% 96 4.30% 46 2.06% −398 M+ 17.83% 2,232
Phelps 1,728 35.15% 1,459 29.68% 1,340 27.26% 321 6.53% 68 1.38% −269 H+ 5.47% 4,916
Reynolds 283 46.09% 202 32.90% 93 15.15% 25 4.07% 11 1.79% −81 H+ 13.19% 614
Ripley 750 53.84% 329 23.62% 238 17.09% 52 3.73% 24 1.72% −421 H+ 30.22% 1,393
Scott 1,549 36.79% 1,389 32.99% 1,076 25.56% 113 2.68% 83 1.97% −160 H+ 3.80% 4,210
Shannon 515 54.44% 223 23.57% 83 8.77% 109 11.52% 16 1.69% −292 H+ 30.87% 946
St. Francois 1,631 35.90% 1,727 38.01% 949 20.89% 134 2.95% 102 2.25% −96 M+ 2.11% 4,543
Stoddard 1,571 50.56% 772 24.85% 643 20.70% 91 2.93% 30 0.97% −799 H+ 25.71% 3,107
Taney* 1,821 55.89% 844 25.91% 462 14.18% 92 2.82% 40 1.23% −977 H+ 29.98% 3,258
Texas 1,727 50.13% 954 27.69% 480 13.93% 234 6.79% 50 1.45% −773 H+ 22.44% 3,445
Washington 622 38.73% 616 38.36% 297 18.49% 50 3.11% 21 1.31% −6 H+ 0.37% 1,606
Wayne 740 45.20% 499 30.48% 323 19.73% 46 2.81% 29 1.77% −241 H+ 14.72% 1,637
Wright 1,878 59.64% 746 23.69% 298 9.46% 178 5.65% 49 1.56% −1,132 H+ 35.95% 3,149
District Total 32,264 43.93% 21,266 28.95% 15,416 20.99% 3,361 4.58% 1,141 1.55% 10,998 H+ 14.98% 73,447
  • These numbers reflect only the eastern sections of Taney County that were included in the 8th Congressional District at the time of the Missouri Republican Presidential Primary on Super Tuesday, February 5, 2008.

Largest Cities[edit]

The 10 largest cities in the district are as follows.

Rank City County Population (2010) Population (2013)
1 Cape Girardeau Cape Girardeau and Scott 37,941 38,816
2 Rolla Phelps 19,559 19,831
3 Poplar Bluff Butler 17,023 17,287
4 Sikeston Scott and New Madrid 16,318 16,494
5 Farmington St. Francois 16,240 17,796
6 Jackson Cape Girardeau 13,758 14,386
7 West Plains Howell 11,986 12,268
8 Kennett Dunklin 10,932 10,916
9 Park Hills St. Francois 8,759 8,674
10 Perryville Perry 8,225 8,334

County Incomes[edit]

Median Household Incomes[edit]

Rank County Income (2008)
1 Cape Girardeau $45,862
2 Perry $44,264
3 Taney $39,771
4 Scott $39,735
5 St. Francois $39,551
6 Phelps $37,243
7 Bollinger $36,744
8 Butler $34,422
9 Stoddard $33,120
10 Dent $32,991
11 New Madrid $32,758
12 Washington $32,001
13 Howell $31,761
14 Reynolds $31,546
15 Ozark $31,508
16 Douglas $31,335
17 Iron $31,276
18 Madison $31,137
19 Dunklin $30,927
20 Wright $30,685
21 Texas $29,260
22 Wayne $29,166
23 Mississippi $28,837
24 Carter $27,608
25 Ripley $27,285
26 Pemiscot $26,992
27 Oregon $26,119
28 Shannon $24,835

Median Family Incomes[edit]

Rank County Income (2008)
1 Cape Girardeau $58,037
2 Perry $53,034
3 Phelps $49,343
4 Scott $48,847
5 St. Francois $47,923
6 Taney $47,664
7 Bollinger $42,948
8 Butler $42,713
9 Stoddard $41,072
10 Dent $40,258
11 New Madrid $39,411
12 Dunklin $38,439
13 Washington $38,193
14 Madison $38,067
15 Howell $38,047
16 Iron $38,037
17 Reynolds $37,891
18 Wright $37,139
19 Douglas $36,648
20 Ozark $36,622
21 Mississippi $35,554
22 Wayne $34,727
23 Texas $34,503
24 Pemiscot $33,945
25 Carter $33,349
26 Ripley $33,101
27 Oregon $31,637
28 Shannon $30,102

Education[edit]

Public school districts[edit]

School District Address County
Poplar Bluff R-I School District 1110 N. Westwood Blvd, Poplar Bluff Butler
Jackson R-II School District 614 E. Adams St., Jackson Cape Girardeau
Rolla Public School District No. 31 500a Forum Dr., Rolla Phelps
Cape Girardeau Public School District No. 63 301 N. Clark St., Cape Girardeau Cape Girardeau
Farmington R-VII School District 1022 Ste. Genevieve, Farmington St. Francois
Sikeston R-VI School District 1002 Virginia, Sikeston Scott
North St. Francois County R-I School District 300 Berry Road, Bonne Terre St. Francois
West Plains R-VII School District 613 W. First St., West Plains Howell
Potosi R-III School District 400 N. Mine, Potosi Washington
Perry County School District No. 32 326 College St., Perryville Perry
Dexter R-XI School District 1031 Brown Pilot Lane, Dexter Stoddard
Kennett Public School District No. 39 510 College Ave., Kennett Dunklin
St. Francois County Central R-III School District 200 High St., Park Hills St. Francois
Fredericktown R-I School District 704 E. State Highway 72, Fredericktown Madison
St. James R-I School District 122 E. Scioto St., St. James Phelps
New Madrid County Central R-I School District 310 U.S. Highway 61, New Madrid New Madrid
Doniphan R-I School District 309 Pine St., Doniphan Ripley
Mountain Grove R-III School District 207 E. Fifth (P.O. Box 806), Mountain Grove Wright
Salem R-80 School District 1409 W. Rolla Road, Salem Dent
Ava R-I School District 507 NE 3rd St. (P.O. Box 338), Ava Douglas
Caruthersville Public School District No. 18 1711 Ward St., Caruthersville Pemiscot
Willow Springs R-IV School District 215 W. Fourth St., Willow Springs Howell
Mountain View-Birch Tree R-III School District 1 Highway 60 East (P.O. Box 464), Mountain View Howell
Forsyth R-III School District 178 Panther St., Forsyth Taney
East Prairie R-II School District 304 E. Walnut, East Prairie Mississippi
Malden R-I School District 505 Burkhart St., Malden Dunklin
Charleston R-I School District 1014 S. Main (P.O. Box 39), Charleston Mississippi
Clearwater R-I School District State Highway 34 (Rte. 4 Box 1004), Piedmont Wayne
Arcadia Valley R-II School District 750 Park Dr., Ironton Iron
West St. Francois County R-IV School District 1124 Main, Leadwood St. Francois
Houston R-I School District 423 W. Pine, Houston Texas
Twin Rivers R-X School District 9348 State Highway 51 (P.O. Box 146), Broseley Butler
Scott City R-I School District 3000 Main St., Scott City Scott
Scott County R-IV School District 4035 State Highway 77, Benton Scott
Woodland R-IV School District State Highway 34 (Rte. 5 Box 3210), Marble Hill Bollinger
Puxico R-VIII School District 481 N. Bedford St., Puxico Stoddard
Senath-Hornersville C-8 School District 803 S. State (P.O. Box 370), Senath Dunklin
Hayti R-II School District 500 N. Fourth (P.O. Box 469), Hayti Pemiscot
Licking R-VIII School District 125 College Ave. (P.O. Box 179), Licking Texas
Kingston K-14 School District 10047 Diamond Road, Cadet Washington
East Carter County R-II School District 24 S. Herren Ave., Ellsinore Carter
Portageville School District 904 King Ave., Portageville New Madrid
Cabool R-IV School District 1025 Rogers St. (P.O. Box 613), Cabool Texas
Hartville R-II School District 175 N. School Ave. (P.O. Box 460), Hartville Wright
Alton R-IV School District Rte. 2 Box 2180, Alton Oregon
Greenville R-II School District 127 Walnut (P.O. Box 320), Greenville Wayne
Bloomfield R-XIV School District 505 Court St., Bloomfield Stoddard
South Pemiscot County R-V School District 611 Beasley Road, Steele Pemiscot
Mansfield R-IV School District 316 W. Ohio Ave., Mansfield Wright
Thayer R-II School District 401 E. Walnut St., Thayer Oregon
Plato R-V School District 10645 Plato Dr., Plato Texas
Campbell R-II School District 801 S. State Route 53, Campbell Dunklin
Holcomb R-III School District 102 S. Cherry (P.O. Box 190), Holcomb Dunklin
Gainesville R-V School District HC03 Box 170, Gainesville Ozark
Neelyville R-IV School District 289 Broadway St. (P.O. Box 8), Neelyville Butler
Bismarck R-V School District 101 Dennis Dr., Bismarck St. Francois
Meadow Heights R-II School District State Highway 72 (Rte. 1 Box 2365), Patton Bollinger
Bernie R-XIII School District 516 W. Main, Bernie Stoddard
Southern Reynolds County R-II School District 1 School St., Ellington Reynolds
Chaffee R-II School District 517 W. Yoakum St., Chaffee Scott
Winona R-III School District Highway 19 (P.O. Box 248), Winona Shannon
Van Buren R-I School District 906 Broadway (P.O. Box 550), Van Buren Carter
Newburg R-II School District 701 Wolf Pride Dr., Newburg Phelps
Valley R-VI School District 1 Viking Dr., Caledonia Washington
Advance R-IV School District 19805 State Highway 91 (P.O. Box 370), Advance Stoddard
Iron County C-4 School District State Highway 49 #35 (P.O. Box 368), Viburnum Iron
Naylor R-II School District Rte. 2 Box 512, Naylor Ripley
Southland C-9 School District 500 S. Main, Cardwell Dunklin
Summersville R-II School District 400 Rogers St. (P.O. Box 198), Summersville Texas
Bakersfield R-IV School District 1201 O Highway (P.O. Box 38), Bakersfield Ozark
Norwood R-I School District 675 N. Hawk Ave., Norwood Wright
Oran R-III School District 310 Church St. (P.O. Box 250), Oran Scott
Scott County Central School District 20794 U.S. Highway 61, Sikeston Scott
Dora R-III School District Highway 181 South (P.O. Box 14), Dora Ozark
South Iron County R-I School District 210 School St., Annapolis Iron
Gideon Public School District No. 37 400 Main St. (P.O. Box 227), Gideon New Madrid
Oak Ridge R-VI School District 4198 State Highway E (P.O. Box 10), Oak Ridge Cape Girardeau
Clarkton C-4 School District State Highway 162 (P.O. Box 637), Clarkton Dunklin
Cooter R-IV School District 1867 State Highway E (P.O. Box 218), Cooter Pemiscot
Eminence R-I School District 1 Redwing Dr. (P.O. Box 730), Eminence Shannon
Delta R-V School District 324 Liberty St. (P.O. Box 787), Delta Cape Girardeau
Richland R-I School District 24456 State Highway 114, Essex Stoddard
North Pemiscot County R-I School District 102 School Dr. (P.O. Box 38), Wardell Pemiscot
Lesterville R-IV School District State Highway 21 (P.O. Box 120), Lesterville Reynolds
Oregon-Howell R-III School District School Street (P.O. Box 398), Koshkonong Oregon
Delta C-7 School District 20 Charger Lane (P.O. Box 297), Deering Pemiscot
Bunker R-III School District State Highway 72 (P.O. Box 365), Bunker Reynolds
Bradleyville R-I School District 16474 N. State Highway 125 (P.O. Box 20), Bradleyville Taney
Zalma R-V School District School Street (HC02 Box 184), Zalma Bollinger
Bell City R-II School District 25254 Walnut St., Bell City Stoddard
Couch R-II School District Rte. 1 Box 1187, Myrtle Oregon
Lutie R-VI School District HC04 Box 4775, Theodosia Ozark
Leopold R-III School District 100 Main St. (P.O. Box 39), Leopold Bollinger
Marquand-Zion R-VI School District 205 E. Morley St., Marquand Madison
Risco R-II School District State Highway 62 (P.O. Box 17), Risco New Madrid

Public Universities[edit]

Community Colleges[edit]

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003 - 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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