Rep. William Lacy Clay (above) will face fellow Missouri Democratic Rep. Russ Carnahan in the states 1st district primary after Carnahans district was dismantled during reapportionment. According to some lawmakers, Carnahan was urged by Democratic leadership to run against a Republican in a nearby district, but he declined.
“You’ve got two progressive candidates who are going to compete for the progressive vote, and I think that’s where this race will actually be tipped,” a St. Louis Democratic source said.
But whatever issues dominate the race, expect the contest to be nasty and racially charged.
“Everybody has seen this day coming,” the source added. “But the powder’s lit now.”
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.