Claire McCaskill, the veteran Democrat fighting for her political life narrowly leads Republican challenger Josh Hawley in the key Senate race. It’s a crucial combat for her political party.
A narrow margin separates Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill and Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley in the final stretch of the critical Missouri Senate race. Thursday in a rally in Saint-Louis, she admited it herself in front of her supporters: “Do you want the inside scoop of where we are in this way? We’re tight.” In the past, she was elected two times at the Capitol to represent this state in the Midwestern United States and she overcame the odds.
But this time she is considered one of the most vulnerable members of the Senate because President Donald Trump won Missouri by nearly 20 percentage points in 2016 against Hillary Clinton. And two years later, fifty-one percent of likely voters approve of the job he is doing, while 44 percent disapprove, according to a NBC News/marist poll conducted in October. This results are due to a great economic environment, with a low unemployment rate (3,2% opposed to the average of 4% in the United States).
Worse still, Mr. Trump is stumping for her opponent, Republican candidate and Josh Hawley. He praised him in two meetings last week, describing him as “star” whereas he said McCaskill only won in 2012 because « she got lucky. She was way down the last time and somebody running – it didn’t look too good. »
We have a state senator here in Missouri that actually advocated for the assassination of President Trump. That’s a crazy Democrat.
This is Mr. Trump’s 11th rally in six days and his second in Missouri. With over six million residents, it’s a key state for the President: contrary to Florida or Texas, it’s the best opportunity to take again a seat in the Democratic hands. For the democrats, Missouri is an essential state too: if they loose, all hopes of retaking Senate will fad away. Currently the Republicans have a 51-49 advantage in the Senate.
Sen. Claire MacCaskill hopes to convince the voters thanks to the compromise. « We have a state senator here in Missouri that actually advocated for the assassination of President Trump. That’s a crazy Democrat, » McCaskill said yesterday in a news conference, referring to state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, who was censured for her comments last year. « I don’t do those things. I am not somebody who thinks that we should ever be uncivil. »
This is about standing up to the President when I think he’s wrong, like on tariffs, which are brutalising the agriculture industry in my state, but it’s about working with him like on the opiods bill.
“This is about standing up to the President when I think he’s wrong, like on tariffs, which are brutalising the agriculture industry in my state, but it’s about working with him like on the opiods bill, » she said Thursday in a rally in Saint-Louis, a Democratic city. Indeed, President Donald Trump has signed in October new legislation into law that he hopes willcombat the addiction epidemic in the US.
After the rally in Saint-Louis, Sen. Claire McCaskill will meet the voters in the north in O’Fallon, a republican city, to talk about her fight in Washington for a better social security. She also continues to boost the participation in the democratic fiefs and try to gather support in the conservative rural lands.