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Published On: Tue, Oct 30th, 2018

Missouri Senate Race: Josh Hawley’s lead over Claire McCaskill continues to rise in polls

A new poll shows the Missouri Senate race going the way of Republicans with Missouri state attorney general Josh Hawley widening his lead in his battle against Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill for her seat.

The poll, commissioned by Missouri Scout and conducted by GOP polling group Remington Research, conducted between October 24-25 Hawley with a four-point lead over McCaskill, 49%-45%.

Remington Research President Titus Bond tweeted, “The Claire McCaskill campaign right now reminds me of every well-funded losing campaign I’ve worked on.”

The race has been heated and close for months before taking a turn during the confirmation hearing of Justice Brett Kavanaugh with McCaskill siding with Democrats to vote against the judge, a move in contradiction to the desire of voters in a state won by President Trump in 2016.

From The Weekly Standard:

McCaskill’s vote to block Kavanaugh’s confirmation kicked off a months-long ordeal in which she struggled to cast herself as a moderate unafraid to take on her own party—a necessity in a state President Donald Trump carried by a margin of 19 points in 2016. Earlier this month, Project Veritas, the organization of right-wing activist James O’Keefe, embarrassed McCaskill with a series of secretly taped videos that showed her staffers candidly discussing how McCaskill was deliberately keeping certain aspects of her political beliefs hidden, lest she alienate undecided voters. McCaskill followed this up with advertising aimed at rural voters that insisted she wasn’t ‘one of those crazy Democrats’—which only had the effect of outraging African-American Democrats in St. Louis.

In the new polling, St. Louis is the only geography where McCaskill is leading, 52-41% and her lead among women is nearly gone, leading Hawley 48-45%.

 

The struggling Democrat then made matters worse.

Legal Insurrection points out that McCaskill was caught in an outirght lie, insisting that she had not said on television that Hawley had committed fraud. During a debate with Hawley, McCaskill accused Hawley of being involved in the Project Veritas undercover videos of her staff. Hawley responded, “… and to accuse me of fraud, which is what Senator McCaskill did. She said that I committed fraud. That I participated in a fraud. She said that on television.”

McCaskill interjected, “I didn’t say that on television.”

In actuality, McCaskill stated, “Well, it is startling that Josh Hawley would be part of fraudulently embedding somebody in my campaign. He’s the Attorney General of the state of Missouri. He’s supposed to be going after fraud, not participating in it.”

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