Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley will kick off his campaign for U.S. Senate with appearances Tuesday in the Kansas City and St. Louis areas and Springfield. Hawley, elected as the state’s attorney general in 2016, is seeking to unseat Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat. He faces opposition in the GOP primary but is viewed as the frontrunner in terms of fundraising and support from prominent Republicans, including President Donald Trump.
In talking about Tuesday’s campaign launch, Hawley representatives focused more on McCaskill than Hawley’s primary opponents. They also said they did not expect Gov. Eric Greitens, a Republican facing felony invasion of privacy charges, to campaign on behalf of Hawley.
“This is a campaign between Josh and Claire McCaskill,” said Brad Todd, a campaign consultant for Hawley. “The governor has plenty of things on his plate, and I would not expect to see him on the campaign trail this year.”
Todd said the campaign will seek to build a “new coalition” of traditional Republicans and populist backers.