Wagner sets personal fundraising record as Senate speculation swirls

Rep. Ann Wagner’s fundraising topped $800,000 for the first three months of this year, a strong showing for the Ballwin Republican as jostling begins for the 2018 senate race.

Wagner also spent about $200,000 over the first quarter, bringing her total cash on hand to nearly $2.8 million.

She started the year with one of the biggest war chests in Congress — outpacing any other federal officeholder from Missouri, including Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill — though it’s unclear where she’ll rank now, since her early fundraising report preceded the filing deadline.

This marks the biggest fundraising quarter ever for Wagner, who recently stepped down from her position as a fundraiser for House Republicans. Observers interpreted that move as preparation for a Senate campaign.

But her potential candidacy hit a snag earlier this week when prominent Missouri Republicans circulated a letter instead urging Attorney General Josh Hawley to run for Senate.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Missouri Times

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