Josh Hawley says he welcomes Trump’s support

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley officially kicking off his campaign for U.S. Senate (all times local):

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Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley says he hopes President Donald Trump comes to Missouri often to support his campaign for the U.S. Senate.

Hawley officially kicked off his campaign Tuesday to win the GOP nomination to take on Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill.

In an appearance at a Raytown warehouse of a commercial construction supplier, Hawley said he looks forward to having the president’s support throughout the campaign.

Trump is scheduled to attend a private fundraiser for Hawley Wednesday in St. Louis. Hawley said Tuesday his campaign won’t be able to raise as much money as McCaskill, who he said has 36 years of political favors to bank on for her campaign and he plans to fight every way he can to raise resources.


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Missouri Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley is traveling the state to kick off his campaign.

The attorney general will visit the Kansas City area, Springfield and St. Louis on Tuesday. He’s making a bid for the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Hawley officially announced his candidacy in October, but he’s done relatively little campaigning since then. Tuesday will mark the start of more active campaigning on his part.

The stakes are high. Republicans hold a slim 51-member majority in the Senate, so the outcome of the Missouri election could determine party control of the chamber.

McCaskill is seen as one of the most vulnerable incumbents as a Democrat in a state won by President Donald Trump by nearly 20 percentage points in 2016.

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