ST. LOUIS (AP) – The Missouri Supreme Court has been asked to decide if a state Senate candidate from St. Louis qualifies for the Democratic primary ballot.

House member Jamilah Nasheed has filed to challenge Sen. Robin Wright-Jones in the 5th Senate District. The 5th District was redrawn this year to take in part of the 4th District, but not the area where Nasheed lives.

The Missouri Court of Appeal’s Eastern District said in a ruling Wednesday that Nasheed does not appear to meet the residency requirement for running in the 5th District. But the court transferred the case to the state Supreme Court because of the importance and general interest of the issue.

The primary election is Aug. 7.

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