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Missouri Attorney General Hawley Moves Forward In Possible U.S. Senate Run

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has moved closer to running against Senator Claire McCaskill for her seat in the U.S. Senate in 2018. A spokesman with Hawley's campaign tells The Allman Report that Hawley is filing paperwork to start an exploratory committee this week.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has moved closer to running against Senator Claire McCaskill for her seat in the U.S. Senate in 2018. A spokesman with Hawley's campaign tells The Allman Report that Hawley is filing paperwork to start an exploratory committee this week.

Hawley has only served as Attorney General for about 6 months, but has faced increasing calls to enter the race after Missouri Congresswoman Ann Wagner announced she would not be running for the seat.

Hawley is currently in a court battle with Backpage.com over the website's alleged ties to sex trafficking, and has not said that he will run. McCaskill has also not officially announced that she is running for re-election yet.

Recent polls show her support among Missouri voters only at about 42%, and President Trump won the state in November by 19 points.

Statement from Hawley's Campaign:

"As part of Josh’s process to consider becoming a candidate for the United States Senate, this week he is filing paperwork to launch an exploratory committee with the Federal Election Commission. This committee will abide by all applicable FEC contribution and expenditure limits and make quarterly disclosures as required by law. Josh’s state campaign committee has ceased expenditures and the soliciting or accepting of donations while he considers becoming a federal candidate."

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