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 McCaskillLobbying world Big Dem names show little interest in Senate Gillibrand, Grassley reintroduce campus sexual assault bill 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 BluntHillicon Valley: Trump takes flak for not joining anti-extremism pact | Phone carriers largely end sharing of location data | Huawei pushes back on ban | Florida lawmakers demand to learn counties hacked by Russians | Feds bust 0M cybercrime group Top Republican says Senate unlikely to vote on any election security bills San Francisco becomes first city to ban facial recognition technology 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 SandersBernie SandersIraq War looms over Trump battle with Iran 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests Iowa Democrats brace for caucus turnout surge 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.”