Luck, guts, scandals and showing up: Setting the stage for Missouri’s US Senate race

In a race that’s been called chaotic and contentious, there’s been no shortage of opinions over candidates’ chances in their bids to become (or remain) a U.S. Senator for the state of Missouri in this fall’s election.
The state has been moving to the right for years, but scandal has become fortune a second time for one of the most vulnerable Senate candidates in America.
Sitting Senator and Democrat Claire McCaskill has recently been the subject of more than one piece labelling her as lucky.
She memorably manipulated GOP voters with an ad during her 2012 race that declared her Republican opponent, Todd Akin, as “too conservative for Missouri.” Her messaging lured the political right to the polls for Akin and then she benefitting from his implosion after the Republican nominee said in an interview that in cases of “legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing

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