Friday, December 29, 2017
Maybe Sen. McCaskill Might Be Harder To Beat Than The Missouri GOP Expects???
Great read that should be of interest to denizens on both sides of the aisle and offers some behind the scenes insight into what will be the most contentious elections of 2018 . . .
Post-Dispatch: Is Claire McCaskill really the underdog she claims to be in Senate race?
McCaskill declared herself the underdog through much of ’17. But that claim became harder to defend as the year progressed. The forecast got sunnier for Democrats nationally, and events in Missouri reshaped McCaskill’s Republican opposition and the political tenets of 2018.
McCaskill had robust fundraising in 2017, pulling in roughly a million dollars a month. Even though she tries to disown them, outside spending groups are already running advertisements on her behalf, and preparing to pour tens of millions of dollars of messaging into TV and social media platforms . . .
McCaskill held 50 town halls in 2017 — many in rural parts of the state — that allowed her to burnish claims that she’s willing to practice Show-Me politics in towns where she may not be that popular.
And perhaps most importantly of all, Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, a veteran politician in a state tilting toward her party, decided not to run for Senate, surprising virtually everyone but Wagner.
In stepped Attorney General Josh Hawley and three lesser-known Republican primary opponents — none of whom have the experience of candidates that McCaskill has faced in two previous Senate victories.
You decide . . .