The most popular office to file for in the August primary election in Missouri is U.S. senator. There are 11 Republican candidates and seven Democratic candidates, including the incumbent, Sen. Claire McCaskill.

The primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 7.

The front runners for the U.S. Senate are Sen. McCaskill, Democrat, St. Louis, and Josh Hawley, Republican, Columbia. They have name recognition.

The other Democratic candidates are: Carla (Coffee) Wright, St. Louis; Angelica Earl, St. Louis; Leonard Joseph Steinmann II, Jefferson City; John Hogan, St. Charles; Travis Gonzalez, Maryville; and David Faust, Raymore.

The other Republican candidates are: Tony Monetti, Warrensburg; Austin Petersen, Peculiar; Fred Ryman, Jefferson City; Christina Smith, Jefferson City; Kristi Nichols, Independence; Bradley Krembs, St. Charles; Ken Patterson, Eureka; Brian G. Hagg, Aurora; Courtland Sykes, Independence; and Peter Pfeifer, Ballwin.

Never heard of most of them? Well, that’s the case with most Missourians. Why do they run — they must know they have no chance of winning, or the money to wage a serious campaign?

We have noted in past elections, candidates who fall into the no-name-recognition category, do receive a small number of votes — probably from relatives and close friends.

On the county level in the primary election, we do have candidates who are not widely known, perhaps more so than in other elections in the past.