Hawley may be hedging on Senate race, but a key backer says he’s running

This Sunday, many of Missouri’s GOP elite will be gathering at the home of St. Louis businessman Sam Fox for a high-dollar fundraiser to benefit Josh Hawley.

Fox told invitees to the Oct. 1 fundraising soiree that Hawley, Missouri’s first-term attorney general, has made up his mind about running for the Senate — contradicting Hawley’s statements that he is just exploring the possibility of a 2018 bid against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

“I am happy to report that he is going to run,” Fox said in a letter soliciting contributions for Hawley’s Senate bid. “Checks should be made payable to Josh Hawley for Senate.”

In August, Hawley set up what his aides billed as an “exploratory committee” to test the waters for a Senate run, a move that allows prospective candidates to raise money for polling, travel and other expenses without officially declaring their intentions.

Fox’s letter, however, suggests Hawley is running.

Scott Paradise, Hawley’s spokesman, did not answer a question about whether Hawley has definitely decided to run for Senate.

Read more: Springfield News-Leader

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