Missouri Senate Race Heats Up

Sen. Claire McCaskill is facing, and benefiting from, a renewed onslaught of outside money. Polls haven’t favored the Missouri Dem after she voted against the confirmation of Brett Kavanugh to the Supreme Court—McCaskill and GOP challenger Josh Hawley are now virtually tied. More than $41 million from outside groups has flooded the state in a barrage of TV and radio ads, the most of any Senate race in the country. The ads are mostly negative, portraying the other side as a corrupt self-serving Washington insider—in the case of McCaskill—and a political ladder climber beholden to corporate special interests in the case of Hawley.