Congressman Sam Graves, left, visited the Jackson County Republican Party office in Blue Springs Wednesday afternoon to endorse state Sen. Mike Cierpiot before next Tuesday's election. Cierpiot, is running for re-election in Senate District 8 – Blue Springs, Grain Valley and a large portion of Lee’s Summit – opposed by Democrat Hillary Shields. Graves, who represents Missouri's 6th Congressional District, is opposed in his re-election bid by Democrat Henry Martin. The district covers essentially the northern third of Missouri and includes all of Platte County and portions of Clay and Jackson counties. [Mike Genet/The Examiner]