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Rasmussen: McCaskill’s Seat ‘Republicans’ Best Pickup Opportunity’

The polling firm teamed up with the University of Virginia Center for Politics and found Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) is still the nation's most vulnerable Democratic incumbent.

By NTK Staff | 02.09.2018 @3:15pm
Rasmussen: McCaskill’s Seat ‘Republicans’ Best Pickup Opportunity’

In an article for Rasmussen Reports, the University of Virginia (UVA) Center for Politics’ Kyle Kondik and Geoffrey Skelley found that Sen. Claire McCaskill’s (D-MO) U.S. Senate seat is still “Republicans’ best pickup opportunity” in 2018.

From Kondik and Skelley:

The Republicans’ best pickup opportunity is the Toss-up race in Missouri, where Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) very well could be trailing against state Attorney General Josh Hawley (R), the likeliest Republican nominee. Two recent polls gave some indicators as to the dynamic. A Republican pollster, Remington Research, polled the state for the publication Missouri Scout and found Hawley up 49%-45%, while Democratic pollster Public Policy Polling found McCaskill up 45%-44%. The PPP poll’s question order — it asked several questions before getting to the Senate horse race — might have primed respondents in McCaskill’s favor, which is why we look at the two polls (and some other things we’ve heard) to suggest McCaskill might be starting from behind.

Only three U.S. Senate seats currently held by Democrats are rated “toss-ups” in UVA’s map, and McCaskill’s Missouri seat is one of them.

It’s one more indicator McCaskill will be sweating it politically in 2018.

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