Okawville farmer Charlie Meier has won a three-way GOP primary race for state representative in the 108th House District.

That means the seat that had been held by a legislator with roots in Madison and St. Clair counties for the better part of two decades will likely shift to Washington County.

Meier, who at this point has no Democratic opposition, edged out Paul Evans of O'Fallon, by a few hundred votes. Evans, the incumbent, has served by appointment to the seat since last year after long-serving Rep. Ron Stephens of Greenville retired.

Don Weber of Troy, a former Madison County circuit judge and state's attorney, came in third in a race that couldn't be called until all precincts reported.

The district includes all or parts of Madison, St. Clair, Clinton and Washington counties.

According to a report in the Belleville News-Democrat, Meier received 4,530 votes; Evans received 4,200 votes and Weber received 3,507 votes.

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