Trump targets McCaskill reelection bid in tweet

Trump targets McCaskill reelection bid in tweet
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President Trump targeted Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillRed-state Dem tells Schumer to 'kiss my you know what' on Supreme Court vote Analysis: Dark money groups have funded 44 percent of 2018 congressional ads Beto O'Rourke is dominating Ted Cruz in enthusiasm and fundraising — but he's still headed for defeat MORE (D-Mo.) in a tweet on Sunday, predicting a Republican candidate will take her Senate seat in 2018. 

"I will also be going to a wonderful state, Missouri, that I won by a lot in '16. Dem C.M. is opposed to big tax cuts. Republican will win S!" the president said. 


McCaskill is seeking a third Senate term.

But Missouri, which Trump won by 19 points in November, is seen as a potential pick up for Republicans in 2018.

Democrats lost Missouri’s 2016 Senate race, with incumbent Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntOvernight Defense: Fallout from tense NATO summit | Senators push to block ZTE deal in defense bill | Blackwater founder makes new pitch for mercenaries to run Afghan war Hillicon Valley: DOJ appeals AT&T-Time Warner ruling | FBI agent testifies in heated hearing | Uproar after FCC changes rules on consumer complaints | Broadcom makes bid for another US company | Facebook under fire over conspiracy sites Hillicon Valley: Justice Department appeals AT&T-Time Warner ruling | New report on election security | FBI agent testifies in marathon hearing MORE (R) holding off a challenge from the Democratic nominee, Jason Kander.

The state's Republicans now appear to be rallying around Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley (R). 

Politico reported that the conservative Club for Growth has raised $10 million to support Hawley's Senate bid.

McCaskill, however, is likely to put up a strong fight, having already raised more than any other vulnerable Democratic incumbent in the second quarter of 2017.