Roll Call: McCaskill No Longer ‘Most Vulnerable’ Senate Dem, But She’s Still #2 Roll Call: McCaskill No Longer ‘Most Vulnerable’ Senate Dem, But She’s Still #2 – NTK Network

Roll Call: McCaskill No Longer ‘Most Vulnerable’ Senate Dem, But She’s Still #2

The D.C. publication, which periodically publishes a ranking of the most vulnerable U.S. senators, reasserted Thursday that the MO-Sen. race is a "Toss-up."

By NTK Staff | 09.06.2018 @1:00pm
Roll Call: McCaskill No Longer ‘Most Vulnerable’ Senate Dem, But She’s Still #2

Roll Call published its latest ranking of the “most vulnerable Senate incumbents” on Thursday.

There’s a morsel of good news and a load of bad news for Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO).

The morsel of good news is that McCaskill is not longer the most vulnerable Senate Democrat, in Roll Call‘s view. That dubious distinction now belongs to Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), “due to a combination of polling, a tough challenger and her state’s partisan shift.”

Of course, by those three measures McCaskill is also in trouble. That may be why McCaskill is still Roll Call‘s second-most vulnerable Senate Democrat this fall.

Their analysis:

The two-term senator is facing a tough race against GOP state Attorney General Josh Hawley. Operatives on both sides expect this to be one of the closest races in the country, with McCaskill on defense in a state Trump carried by 19 points. Hawley has latched on to the Supreme Court vacancy to fire up his base, while McCaskill has the dual task of courting moderates and independent voters while significantly boosting Democratic turnout, especially among African-American voters. Race Rating: Toss-up

With the race between McCaskill and Attorney General Josh Hawley (R-MO) in the home stretch, McCaskill is quickly losing time to make this an easier race. All signs point to a complete toss-up come November.

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