May 20, 2024

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Hawley Leads Sen. McCaskill in Early Poll

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A new poll confirms that Sen. Claire McCaskill is one of the most vulnerable Senators up for re-election in 2018.

Conducted by Republican pollster Remington Research, the poll revealed Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley leads McCaskill by four points in a hypothetical match-up between the pair, Politico reports. Respondents favored Hawley 49-45 against the Democratic Senate incumbent, McCaskill.

Missouri AG Josh Hawley

Hawley isn’t the only one eyeing McCaskill’s Senate seat, but he is the favorite. To date, the Republican candidates include former Libertarian presidential candidate Austin Petersen as well as a retired Air Force pilot Tony Monetti.

President Trump won Missouri by 19 points in 2016. He still boasts a 50 percent approval rating in the state.

McCaskill handily won re-election in 2012 by 16 points, but the margin appeared to be snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, thanks to the Republican nominee, Todd Akin. He never recovered from explosive comments about “legitimate rape” leading up to the election. McCaskill later admitted helping Akin win the Republican primary, believing he would easy to beat.

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