McCaskill gets another challenger
January 31st, 2011
01:33 PM ET
7 years ago

McCaskill gets another challenger

(CNN) – The field is growing among Republicans who want to take on Claire McCaskill - the first-term senator and strong Obama ally from Missouri.

Ed Martin, an attorney and former chief of staff to Gov. Matt Blunt, announced Monday he is adding his name to a race that will be among the most closely-watched Senate contests in 2012.

"I believe the 2012 election will come down to a very simple question," Martin said in a Web video announcing his candidacy. "What should the size, scope and cost of the federal government be. President Barack Obama and Sen. Claire McCaskill have answered this simple question. They've said the federal government should be bigger, it should be more powerful and it should be more costly."

Martin was supported by several Tea Party organizations in his failed bid last year to unseat Democratic Rep. Russ Carnahan.

Missouri Republican Treasurer Sarah Steelman has also announced a Senate bid and Ann Wagner, the former Missouri Republican chairman and candidate to head up the Republican National Committee is also mulling run.

Meanwhile former Sen. Jim Talent, the man McCaskill narrowly defeated in 2006, ruled out a bid of his own last week.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA

    Enjoy your last few years in the Senate Claire... Soon you'll be knitting with Blanche Lincoln in the old Senators home. Send your thank you cards to Obama, Reid and Pelosi for their great leftwing leadership. Of course, nothing said you had to follow them blindly like you did so you are really the only one to blame. Don't fret though, you will not be the only Democrat thrown out.

    January 31, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. Republicans = Fascists

    Sen. McCaskill has done a magnificent job. It will be an uphill fight for anyone trying to unseat her, especially a Teatard. She is not a partisan politician and finds common ground. The Teatard message of smaller government and less spending is becoming more lame everyday. When you give 400 billion dollars away to the wealthiest in the country and not be enraged by that, your credibility is shot to hell.

    January 31, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. The Other Michael in Houston

    Who cares, as always, people will straight party vote, so since President Obama will win convincingly......again, she is safe,

    January 31, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. Bill

    The ultimate cheerleader for Barack Obama .... Senator Claire McCaskill.... I have asked her many questions and have never gotten an answer from her... Just the party line rah rah speach, and I only got that once!

    January 31, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. Whatever

    Hmmm if the GOP does not get on the ball in the next few weeks and begin working on one or two job creating bills... they will find themselves out the door. We, the people will hopefully not touch them with a ten foot pole. Better out than in (let's remember that everyone LOL)...

    January 31, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. Mark

    Linking her to Obama is all anyone needs

    January 31, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. obama victim

    Claire in real trouble in Mo...she supported Obamacare, and in a state referendum, it was rejected 70-30........see ya

    January 31, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    They will beat each other up and spend so much money that they will fall before her. The question is how far wrong has she treated her state in the Senate? if it hasn't been so bad, then why boot her out?

    January 31, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. gt

    clarie is running so far to the right she acts like a republican....winning by a nose last time on obamas coat tails may not work his next election....

    January 31, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. diridi

    how about I shall be her vice-president....ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 31, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. Denny

    Many of us in Missouri are fed up with McCaskill's total support of the Obama/Pelosi/Reid agenda and want a change. McCaskill is now making lots of noise about how she differs with Obama, but her votes line right up with him on every substantive issue. That's enough to make her one term her last.

    January 31, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |