mo-senate

5 Things We Learned From Claire McCaskill's Memoir

McCaskill's new book, "Plenty Ladylike: A Memoir," was released on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill's new memoir, "Plenty Ladylike: A Memoir," dropped on Tuesday, revealing anecdotes from her career in politics in Missouri's state capitol and the nation's.  

Aside from deeply personal anecdotes and some local intrigue, McCaskill shed light on the inner workings of two nationally watched U.S. Senate campaigns and her dealings with other women in politics.

Claire McCaskill Won't Run for Governor

McCaskill is a Democrat from Missouri. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., will not run for governor in the Show-Me State in 2016 — an open-seat race to replace term-limited Gov. Jay Nixon.  

"It is a firm no," McCaskill told KCUR radio Monday about her gubernatorial ambitions. McCaskill said she will support another Democrat, state Attorney General Chris Koster, who announced his bid months ago, according to the Kansas City Star . She said she enjoys her job in the Senate, where she said she can have a big impact as a moderate member.  

NRSC Funneled Money to Missouri GOP That Supported Akin

Updated 11:55 a.m. | In the last days of the 2012 campaign, the National Republican Senatorial Committee sent $760,000 to the Missouri Republican Party, which appears to have used the money to run TV ads for Rep. Todd Akin's ill-fated Senate campaign.

By not transferring the money until the first two days of November, people could only speculate as to the source of the cash infusion until after casting their ballots. Democrats would no doubt have targeted Republicans in other battleground states with ads and statements that the GOP was effectively backing Akin, despite indications to the contrary by the group's chairman, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.

Claire McCaskill Wins Re-Election Against Todd Akin

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D), a crafty politician and tireless campaigner, won re-election tonight, beating Republican Rep. Todd Akin.

Akin's candidacy, despite being a Republican in a red state, was irrevocably harmed when he told a local TV host that the "legitimate rape" of a woman rarely leads to pregnancy.

Daily Ad Track
Rape Comment Forces John Koster Into Damage Control

Former state Rep. John Koster has been in damage control mode. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In this election, some candidates have made unguarded comments at off-the-record fundraisers, while others have drawn fire for impolitic comments about women and rape.

Former state Rep. John Koster (R) has managed to do both. Koster, who remains closely tied with Democrat Suzan DelBene in Washington State’s 1st district, has been in damage control mode since Wednesday, when a progressive group released a secretly recorded audiotape of him saying that “the rape thing” does not justify abortion.

Daily Ad Track
Daily Ad Track

Here's what cut through the clutter today:

Missouri Senate

Competing Polls as Missouri Senate Race Enters Final Week

A new Missouri poll showed Sen. Claire McCaskill's lead over Rep. Todd Akin narrowing in the final days of the campaign. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A poll commissioned by two leading Missouri newspapers indicates the state's Senate race may be narrowing approaching the final week, but internal polling from Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill's campaign tells a different story.

The independent poll, released late Friday night, showed McCaskill holding just a 2-point lead over her beleaguered GOP opponent, Rep. Todd Akin. The poll had a 4-point margin of error.