Missouri Senate Race

McCaskill, Hawley Race to Cover Their Bases in Missouri
Vulnerable Democrat walks trickier tightrope than Republican challenger

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill addresses campaign volunteers on Aug. 25 in Lee’s Summit, Mo. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Lisa Ballenger didn’t volunteer for Hillary Clinton in 2016. She didn’t think she needed her help. 

But on a hot and sunny Saturday here late last month, Ballenger made sure to go to a packed campaign office in a plaza, where Sen. Claire McCaskill rallied volunteers about to go knocking on doors for her. 

McCaskill: Verdict’s Still Out after Meeting with SCOTUS Nominee Kavanaugh
Missouri Democrat said she would likely decide after the confirmation hearings

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., met with Judge Brett Kavanaugh this week. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Less than 15 minutes into Sen. Claire McCaskill’s campaign event, Rachel Goldberg stood up to ask the senator a question.

Goldberg was concerned that President Donald Trump’s Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh opposed Roe v. Wade, a Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized abortion. The 34 year-old counselor wanted to know if McCaskill had decided whether to support Kavanaugh.

Josh Hawley Says He’s ‘Not Inclined’ to Believe Michael Cohen
Cohen implicated President Donald Trump in a federal crime

Missouri Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens listen to President Donald Trump during a rally on November 29, 2017 in St. Charles, Missouri. (Whitney Curtis/Getty Images file photo)

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley said Thursday that he was “not inclined” to believe the testimony of Michael Cohen, a former attorney for President Donald Trump who implicated Trump in a federal crime this week.

Trump has endorsed Hawley, who is challenging Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in her bid for a third term. Hawley’s comment will likely be welcomed by the scores of Trump supporters in the Show-Me State, which Trump won by 19 points in 2016.

McCaskill: Supreme Court Vote ‘Not a Political Winner’
McCaskill’s opponent is expected to make the Supreme Court vacancy an issue in the race

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., is one of the most vulnerable incumbents. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The current Supreme Court vacancy is expected to be a central topic in the Missouri Senate race — at least if the GOP nominee has anything to say about it.

Attorney General Josh Hawley, who won the GOP primary as expected Tuesday, has already been using the high court vacancy to make his case against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. But McCaskill said Wednesday that some Missourians will be upset no matter how she votes on President Donald Trump’s nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

Hawley Wins GOP Primary to Take On McCaskill in Missouri
McCaskill is one of the most vulnerable incumbents

Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is a top GOP target. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has secured the Republican nomination to take on Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in November.

Hawley was expected to win Tuesday’s primary, and he easily defeated the 10 other Republicans on the ballot. 

Josh Hawley Highlights Supreme Court in First TV Ad
Missouri Republican launches ad same day Trump will announce high court pick

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, left, here with Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., in Springfield in November 2016, is hoping to unseat Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., this fall. (Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images file photo)

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is focusing on the Supreme Court in the first television ad of his Senate campaign, a sign the upcoming confirmation debate will be central to the Republican’s bid to unseat Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill

Hawley’s ad will hit the airwaves Monday, the same day President Donald Trump will announce his pick to replace Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who announced his retirement last month. 

Hawley Launches Website on McCaskill’s Supreme Court Votes
Missouri Republican is challenging McCaskill for Senate

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., is running for re-election in a state President Donald Trump carried by 19 points. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Senate hopeful Josh Hawley is launching a new digital campaign to highlight Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill’s previous positions on Supreme Court nominees, as the latest high court vacancy shakes up competitive Senate races across the country.

new website by the Hawley campaign is highlighting McCaskill’s support for former President Barack Obama’s judicial nominees, with less than a week before President Donald Trump is expected to name a replacement for the retiring Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. While Kennedy has often sided with the court’s conservative wing, he’s also been a pivotal swing vote on issues relating to abortion and same-sex marriage. 

Hawley Circulates Polling Memo Showing Tight Missouri Senate Race
Missouri attorney general is challenging Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill

McCaskill is one of the most vulnerable Senate incumbents. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley’s campaign circulated a memo Monday morning showing he is locked in a tight race with Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, and amid concerns from some Republicans that Hawley needs to step up his campaign.

The memo, first reported by the Washington Examiner and later shared by Hawley’s campaign, detailed the results from a poll conducted last week. Hawley had support from 47 percent of respondents, while McCaskill had garnered 46 percent, with 7 percent undecided. The poll had a 4 point margin of error.

Tariffs Could Complicate Key Senate Races
Some Democrats already criticizing GOP opponents over tariffs’ impact

A John Deere tractor sits in a field near Salem, Ind. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The potential for a trade war with China is already complicating some key Senate races ahead of the November midterms, especially for Republicans hoping to expand their majority.

President Donald Trump’s announcement that he would impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports sparked retaliatory threats from China. The country vowed to slap tariffs on top U.S. exports that also come from states with some of the most competitive Senate contests.

Democratic Super PAC Ties Hawley to Scandals in New Ad
Ad references the ongoing scandal involving GOP Gov. Eric Greitens

Senator Roy Blunt. R-Mo., greets newly elected Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley (right) at a campaign event in 2016. A new television ad seeks to tie Hawley to recent scandals in the state.(Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images file photo)

Updated 4:06 p.m. | A Democratic Super PAC launched a new television ad Thursday night that seeks to tie Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley to recent scandals in the state. Hawley is running against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

The ad from the Senate Majority PAC appears to be the first paid media tying Hawley to GOP Gov. Eric Greitens, who has been indicted with a felony charge of invasion of privacy for taking a nude photo of a woman with whom he had an affair. Greitens been accused of using the photo as blackmail, which he has denied.