Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) is going on the air with attack ads against all three of her potential general-election opponents: businessman John Brunner (R), former Missouri state Treasurer Sarah Steelman (R) and Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.).
"There are three weeks left and it's still anybody's game. We simply can't wait to see who is going to leave middle-class families on the sidelines," McCaskill's campaign said in a statement. "Missourians need to know who is on their side now."
The GOP primary is Aug. 7. McCaskill is a leading primary this cycle and the winner in November could determine control of the Senate next year.
The ads attack Brunner for failing to vote in a number of elections and for nearly bankrupting his family company; accuse Steelman of "pay to play" politics; and hit Akin for wanting to "eliminate the Departments of Education and Energy," "privatize Social Security" and outlaw "many forms of contraception."
McCaskill's campaign said it was a statewide television ad buy but wouldn't discuss whether one candidate was being targeted more than the others — or how much money was behind the ad buy. A Republican tracking the ad buy said it was for $100,000 a small but not insignificant buy in the state.
The Hill rates the race a "toss-up."
This post was updated at 3:15 p.m.