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Trump to campaign for GOP Senate candidate in Missouri next week

Trump to campaign for GOP Senate candidate in Missouri next week
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President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot Trump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged MORE is hitting the campaign trail again next week for a rally in Missouri as Senate GOP nominee Josh Hawley attempts to unseat Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillThe Memo: Punish Trump or risk a repeat, warn Democrats GOP senators criticized for appearing to pay half-hearted attention to trial Hawley watches trial from visitor's gallery MORE (D) in November.

Trump's reelection campaign announced Thursday that Trump would travel to Cape Girardeau, Mo., for a rally Sept. 13 on behalf of Hawley, who is currently Missouri's attorney general.

“The President will use the rally as an opportunity to urge Missourians to defeat Claire McCaskill and replace her with Josh Hawley in the U.S. Senate race, and help protect and expand the GOP majorities in the House and Senate,” Trump's campaign said in a press release.

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“With the booming economy that’s lifting up families throughout Missouri, there’s nothing that can stop us from keeping the great State of Missouri red this fall and defeating ‘Air Claire’ McCaskill –- President Trump is all in to support Josh Hawley in his race for the U.S. Senate!” Trump campaign COO Michael Glassner added.

McCaskill, a two-term incumbent, is one of 10 Senate Democrats running for reelection this year in states Trump won in 2016.

A recent poll shows McCaskill and Hawley tied at 47 percent of support among likely voters. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report also rates the race as a “toss up.”

Republicans currently hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate and are seeking to hold on to or expand that margin, while Democrats are pushing to take advantage of party enthusiasm in the fall to pick up several GOP-held seats.