U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, a Republican from Ballwin, has upended Missouri’s 2018 expected contest for the U.S. Senate by announcing Monday that she won’t challenge Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill.
Wagner instead plans to seek re-election for the House seat she has held since 2013.
She had been expected to announce her Senate candidacy in the next few weeks. A number of Republicans and Democrats already had been privately maneuvering to run for her 2nd District seat, once she declared her Senate bid.
Wagner’s decision likely will put more pressure on Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, who has been publicly encouraged to run for Senate by leading GOP figures in the Missouri. Among those pressing him to challenge McCaskill are donor Sam Fox and former U.S. Sen. John Danforth.