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Missouri Senate race results: Josh Hawley defeats Claire McCaskill

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Senate candidate Josh Hawley waves to the crowd after being
introduced by President Donald Trump during a campaign rally
Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Cape Girardeau, Mo.


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Roberson/AP



  • Republican state attorney general Josh Hawley won a Senate
    seat in Missouri on Tuesday following a highly contested race
    against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill.
  • The race was one of the most closely watched contests of the

    2018 midterm election
    season, and a RealClearPolitics
    average of the most recent polls had McCaskill and Hawley in a
    dead heat.
  • McCaskill campaigned by painting herself as independent from
    mainstream Democratic thinking and true to Missouri values, while
    Hawley aligned himself closely with President Donald Trump.

Republican attorney general Josh Hawley won a highly contested
race for a Senate seat in Missouri following Tuesday’s midterm
elections, unseating Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill.

The race between Hawley and McCaskill was one of the most closely
watched contests of the 2018 election season. A RealClearPolitics average of the
most recent polls
had the two candidates in a dead heat, at
46% each. And according to RealClearPolitics polling
data
, neither candidate has had a lead of more than four
points in any poll over the whole year, which places the race
within the margin of error.

During her concession speech Tuesday night, McCaskill thanked the
people of Missouri for allowing her “to serve the public, to
serve them, to be a public servant.”

She added: “It has been such an honor, and this state drives me
crazy, but I love every corner of it. I really do. I mean, I even
love the reddest of the red counties.”

President Donald Trump campaigned hard for Hawley in recent days
— he held two rallies in Missouri to boost support for the
Republican attorney general. While McCaskill has painted herself
as independent from mainstream Democratic thinking in an effort
to draw more undecided voters, Hawley has aligned himself closely
with the president in order to draw more support from the
Republican base.

Two key issues that Republicans are seizing on going into the
midterms are the
migrant caravan from Honduras
headed toward the US’s southern
border, and the
confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh
. Hawley
and Trump have focused, in particular, on McCaskill’s vote
against Kavanaugh to portray her as a hardline Democrat.

McCaskill was first elected to the Senate in 2006, when she
defeated Missouri Republican incumbent Jim Talent. In 2012, it
looked like McCaskill may lose her seat to her Republican
opponent, GOP Rep. Todd Akin, until he claimed in an interview
that a woman could not get pregnant as a result of a “legitimate
rape.”

This year, McCaskill faced more of an uphill battle, particularly
in a state that Trump won by 20 points in the 2016 US
presidential election.

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