Brian Kelly (@brpkelly)By Brian Kelly

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – With a week to go until the primary election, you can expect to be hearing and seeing a lot of ads in key races.

In fact, in many cases primaries are now more important than general elections.

Two reasons for that are term limits and gerrymandering.

University of Missouri St. Louis political scientist Dave Robertson tells KMOX that in races without incumbents, by winning the primary newcomers can set themselves up for years of political success.

“Nobody who has a lot of money or who has a lot of experience is going to be willing to challenge you in future elections,” he says.

Robertson says that getting the nomination gets you a long way toward winning in districts that are designed to be mainly Republican or Democratic.

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