Missouri Senate Race

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. 

Trump Calls Hawley 'Our Next Senator' at Missouri Speech
Hawley is hoping to take on Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in 2018

President Donald Trump referred to Josh Hawley as “our next senator” at a Missouri event that was ostensibly about tax legislation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump referred to Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley as “our next senator” Wednesday, a nod that could help Hawley garner support from Trump voters in the Show Me State. 

Trump noted Hawley favored the evolving GOP tax bill, while Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is against the plan, noting that its benefits fall mostly to corporations and the wealthy at the expense of middle-class and lower-class families. 

McCaskill Gets Primary Challenger
Former Obamacare marketplace worker running to Missouri Democrat’s left

Missouri Senate candidate Angelica Earl says Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill is too conservative on issues such as health care. (AngelicaforMissouri.com)

A former health care marketplace worker is challenging Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill for the Democratic nomination in 2018, calling the incumbent “too conservative.”

Angelica Earl, a political novice, said she rejects McCaskill’s push for a bipartisan solution to health care. The 31-year-old from St. Louis County said she supports “single-payer health care for all,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Missouri’s Josh Hawley Forms Exploratory Committee for Senate Bid
GOP donors have been urging the state attorney general to challenge McCaskill

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., greets newly elected Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley (right) prior to speaking to supporters in Springfield, Missouri in November. (Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has formed an exploratory committee with the Federal Election Commission for a challenge to Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

“Josh’s state campaign committee has ceased expenditures and the soliciting or accepting of donations while he considers becoming a federal candidate,” Hawley spokesman Scott Paradise said in an email, according to the Kansas City Star

Ann Wagner Decides Against Senate Run in Missouri
Race against Democrat Claire McCaskill is rated a toss-up

Missouri Rep. Ann Wagner says she will run for re-election to her 2nd District House seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Rep. Ann Wagner has opted not to run for the Senate in Missouri, and instead will be running for re-election to her House seat.

Wagner said in a statement Monday that the 2nd District she currently represents is her home. Her decision was first reported by the Washington Examiner. 

Why House Members Aren’t Rushing to Announce for Senate
Here’s a hint: It’s about raising campaign cash

Indiana Rep. Luke Messer is expected to run for Senate but has yet to make an official announcement. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s no secret that a handful of House members are mulling bids for the Senate next year, with several of them all but running their 2018 races already.

Most are in no rush to officially announce their Senate campaigns. Sixteen months is a long time to face the barrage of attacks that comes with running statewide. And in an uncertain political environment, candidates may be taking longer to test the waters. 

GOP Attorneys General May Shake Up Senate Primaries
Three could run for Senate in toss-up races

Some Missouri Republicans are urging newly elected state Attorney General Josh Hawley, right, to run for Senate. He's seen here last November with the state’s junior senator, Roy Blunt. (Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images file photo)

Republicans have no shortage of House members interested in promotions to the Senate next year. But in three of four states with toss-up races, GOP attorneys general are also readying for potential Senate bids.

The top lawyers of Indiana, West Virginia and Missouri are contemplating primary bids against GOP House members who are either already running for the Senate or who are widely assumed to be running. 

Blunt Wins Re-Election in Missouri Senate Race
The state was a surprise Senate battleground

Blunt wins a second term in the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Roy Blunt will defeat Democrat Jason Kander in the Missouri Senate race, The Associated Press projects. The race was one of the surprise Senate battlegrounds of the 2016 cycle.

Blunt led Kander 50 — 45 percent, with 90 percent of precincts reporting. Coming into Election Day, the race was rated Tossup by the Rothenberg & Gonzalez Political Report/Roll Call.

Republicans Tout Work with Obama in Campaigns
Obama calls it ‘definition of chutzpah’

Sen. Rob Portman's new radio ads feature African-American pastors and highlight him working with President Barack Obama on the heroin epidemic. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

With presidential nominee Donald Trump becoming a weight on down-ballot Republicans, they're tying themselves to an unlikely leader: President Barack Obama.

On Monday, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, released three radio ads with African-American pastors from across the state talking about his  bill to help former prisoners with education and job training.

Democrats Hit Roy Blunt for Helping a Tobacco Company
End Citizens United releases second ad in $900K Missouri buy

End Citizens United is launching another ad attacking Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt‘s lobbyist connections. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

End Citizens United, a Democratic PAC, is launching its second ad Thursday in a $900,000 TV and digital buy targeting Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt.

The ad, shared first with Roll Call, attacks the Republican senator for “sneaking a provision to help a tobacco giant into a Homeland Security bill.” The narrator says that Blunt’s wife and son were lobbyists for the company, which paid for Blunt’s weekend trips to a South Carolina resort.