A senior House Republican in the Missouri congressional delegation is considering a challenge to Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (Mo.).
Rep. Sam Graves (R) told The Ballot Box he's "looking at" running against McCaskill in 2012.
certainly wouldn't want to close the door on it. It's something that I
look at and kind of evaluate and we'll see what happens," he said in an
interview. "There's a great opportunity to take
back that Senate seat."
Graves said he's weighing a myriad of factors, including whether to leave his position as chairman of the House Small Business Committee.
"There's some things that I really want to accomplish there," he said.
McCaskill won her first term in 2006 by fewer than 50,000 votes, and observers believe she'll face another close race next year.
The Republican primary field already includes former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman and is expected to grow, especially if the national environment remains favorable to the GOP. Republicans also took heart when Republican Roy Blunt won the state's open Senate seat last year.