Trade tensions reveal potentially pivotal issue for McCaskill, Hawley

Escalating global trade tensions stoked by President Donald Trump have highlighted a key difference between U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, the Missouri Democrat seeking re-election this fall, and Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, her most prominent Republican challenger.

Tariffs that have been enacted or threatened have been met by concern and opposition in Missouri sectors including agriculture and manufacturing.

As a Democrat in an increasingly Republican state, McCaskill has seized upon those concerns in an attempt to appeal to some of the same voters who propelled Trump to the White House.

Hawley, for the most part, has supported the president’s trade tactics, arguing that they will prove beneficial in the long run.

Political observers say McCaskill will need substantial support from rural Missouri to win in November, and that the timing of any impact from Trump’s trade moves could be key to determining the outcome of the state’s Senate race.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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