Potential McCaskill challenger has $2.7M: report

Potential McCaskill challenger has $2.7M: report

Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) has raised over $2.7 million as she prepares to potentially challenge Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillSenate Dems build huge cash edge in battlegrounds Senate Dems lock in million in TV airtime Why does Congress keep playing political games on FBI oversight? MORE (D-Mo.) in 2018, according to a new report.

Wagner’s congressional campaign committee will report $2,767,789 on hand in its April quarterly report, McClatchy said Tuesday, citing federal election documents.

Wagner raised $804,264 during the last three months, it said, her most successful fundraising quarter.

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McCaskill is one of 10 Democratic senators facing reelection next year in states President Trump carried in November.

Republicans consider McCaskill’s seat a target. Trump won Missouri by about 19 points.

Wagner has not formally declared she will run against McCaskill but is believed to have a close ally in 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-Mo.).

McClatchy said McCaskill has not released her first-quarter report for 2016, which is due April 15.

McCaskill’s most recent filings show she had $781,519 at the end of 2016, a number that is expected to rise once she submits totals for the first three months of this year.

McCaskill pitched unity during a fundraiser last month, urging supporters of Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersMellman: (Mis)interpreting elections Dems to propose legislation to prevent ICE from shackling pregnant women Rasmussen poll: Nearly three-quarters of Dems want 'fresh face' as nominee in 2020 MORE (I-Vt.) to help her reelection bid.

“I want you to be part of our effort,” she said during a March event.  “We can’t get divided in a state like Missouri, or we’re cooked.”