"I am very sad to announce today the passing of my mother, Betty Anne
McCaskill. For some time, mom's health has not been good, and our family
takes comfort that she is now at rest," McCaskill said in the statement.
The senator is currently facing a challenge from Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) for her seat. He issued a statement on Monday evening sending good wishes to her family.
"Lulli and I want to express our deepest condolences to Claire McCaskillClaire McCaskillThe Republicans' hypocrisy on minimum wage Watchdog faults Energy Department over whistleblower retaliation Wagner passes on NRCC bid, backs Stivers MORE and her family," he said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole McCaskill family right now."
— Updated at 6:53 p.m.