With US Rep. Ann Wagner (R-St. Louis County) expected to announce her Senate candidacy sometime in July, speculation surrounding whether Attorney General Josh Hawley (R) enters the race continues to hover. While the first-term AG hasn’t yet said he will challenge incumbent Claire McCaskill (D), Mr. Hawley also isn’t closing the door on such an effort and has some powerful Missouri backers – ex-US Sen. John Danforth and major donor Sam Fox, a former US Ambassador and St. Louis businessman, among them – urging him to run. While the new Attorney General says that the Senate race is at least a possible political option for him, there is little indication he is preparing a campaign. It is likely, at this point, that Rep. Wagner becomes Sen. McCaskill’s top challenger. The Missouri race is one of the top 2018 Republican conversion opportunities.
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