Election roundup: Hawley defeats McCaskill; House incumbents prevail

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley defeated U.S. Sen Claire McCaskill Tuesday in Missouri’s hotly contested U.S. Senate race.

Hawley, the Republican challenger, defeated McCaskill, a two-term incumbent, by a margin of about 51 percent to 45 percent, according to unofficial results from the Missouri Secretary of State.

Hawley, 38, ran a campaign tied closely to President Donald Trump, and he painted McCaskill as too liberal to represent Missouri. McCaskill struck a centrist tone and attacked Hawley on health care.

Elected as the state’s attorney general in 2016, Hawley has engineered a rapid ascent, fueled by early Senate endorsements from several prominent Missouri Republicans. Trump also threw considerable support behind Hawley, appearing at a Cape Girardeau rally for him Monday night, on the eve of the election.

The contest, viewed as one of a handful across the country that could tip the balance of power in the U.S. Senate, drew considerable outside interest and a flood of outside campaign contributions.

Congressional incumbents sweep

The eight members of Missouri’s Congressional delegation up for re-election Tuesday successfully defended their seats.

Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, withstood the most serious challenge. She held off Democratic newcomer Cort VanOstran in Missouri’s second congressional district, which includes parts of St. Louis, St. Charles and Jefferson counties.

Wagner captured 51 percent of the vote to VanOstran’s 47 percent.

Otherwise, on a night that saw Democrats flip Congressional seats across the country and take control of the House of Representatives, incumbents in Missouri cruised. Aside from Wagner, the state’s incumbents all won by at least 25 percentage points. Once again, Missouri will send six Republicans and two Democrats to Washington.

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