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.

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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.