ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The challenger to St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley in Tuesday’s Democratic primary is reacting to accusations of “push polling” by the Dooley campaign.

The Missouri Political News Service reported Saturday that it obtained a copy of a script for calls out to county residents that suggests candidate Steve Stenger defends sex trafficking.

KMOX asked Stenger if he feels “everything but the kitchen sink” is being thrown at him in the final hours of the race.

“You know the nice thing about kitchen sinks is people can’t throw them too far,” Stenger said. “So, if he wants to throw the kitchen sink, that’s fine with me. And, you know, I think it’s a sign of desperation.”

Stenger says he’s hearing a call from all parts of St. Louis County that Democrats, Republicans, and Independents are ready for a change at the top, and he anticipates some crossover votes from the other parties to come his way in the primary.

Stenger says he’s confident he’ll defeat incumbent Dooley and advance to the November general election.

“I feel that we’re going to win. I believe we’re going to,” Stenger says. “From everything I can see in all corners of the county, we’ve got a lot of support and we are certainly working as hard as humanly possible.”

Stenger says his promise to restore accountability and integrity to St. Louis County government is being well-accepted throughout the county.

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