It’s quiet at the Sarah Steelman watch party headquarters.

All the work is done. Now, the waiting begins and it could be a long night as the results from the Republican gubernatorial campaign trickle in. Steelman has been in a tough contest with northeast Missouri Congressman Kenny Hulshof. Both entered the race late, after Governor Blunt shocked the party by announcing in January that he wouldn’t seek a second term. Others entered as well, but they dropped out, leaving the field to Steelman and Hulshof.

A spokesman for the Steelman campaign, Spence Jackson, says they will keep a close watch on the returns from southwest Missouri, especially those in Springfield. Southwest Missouri is the Republican’s strongest region in the state. Jackson also says the Kansas City area and south-central Missouri could prove crucial.

Steelman has set up a primary election night watch party at a restaurant in her hometown of Jefferson City, not far from the Capitol, where Steelman serves as State Treasurer.

Download/listen Brent Martin interviews Spence Jackson (2:45 MP3)