GOP POLL: McCaskill Trails Hawley in Missouri Senate Race

By NTK Staff | 10.16.2017 @9:39am
GOP POLL: McCaskill Trails Hawley in Missouri Senate Race

The incumbent Democrat trails the Republican attorney general, but the race is within the poll’s margin of error.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley’s Senate campaign is off to good start. After announcing his bid to challenge incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) just last week, a new GOP poll shows Hawley leading in that contest.

Hawley leads McCaskill 48 percent to 45 percent, according to a poll conducted by GOP strategist Jeff Roe’s firm. Another seven percent said they were undecided about 13 months out from the 2018 midterm elections.

While still early in the race, it’s the latest sign of good news for Hawley, who quickly consolidated GOP support in the Show Me State after his announcement.

McCaskill, who was first elected in 2006, is seen as particularly vulnerable in 2018. President Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in Missouri by 19 percentage points in 2016. McCaskill is the last remaining Democrat holding a statewide position in Missouri, and the state has trended more and more Republican in recent years.

McCaskill reported last week raising $3 million in the third quarter of 2017. She has more than $7 million in the bank. Meanwhile, after only being in the race a few short days, Hawley announced he raised more than $820,000 and has about a quarter-million dollars in the bank.

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