The recent wave of progressive unrest has the Missouri Democrat thinking of protecting her left flank.
In an appearance on “The Mark Reardon Show” in St. Louis on Thursday, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said that she could face a primary challenge from her left due to increasing dissatisfaction from far-left progressives.
While affirming that she would run for re-election in 2018, McCaskill said, “I may have a primary because there is, in our party now, some of the same kind of enthusiasm at the base that the Republican Party had with the Tea Party.”
McCaskill stated that progressive activists did not view her as “pure” and could seek to unseat her in the fight for the party’s nomination.
A wave of protests has broken out at town halls, targeting representatives not committed to progressive causes.
Democrats in Congress have begged leftist firebrand Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to direct left-wing protests away from their events and town halls in order to avoid bad press. McCaskill’s prediction of a primary seems to personify the fears of many swing-state Democrats, who are feeling increasing pressure from both the left and right.
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