WASHINGTON – Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley has a slim lead over Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in the Missouri Senate race, according to a poll released Monday.
The Trafalgar Group poll found that 48.3 percent of the respondents said they support Hawley, compared with 44.4 percent who said they support McCaskill. Meanwhile, 4 percent said they support a third-party candidate and 3.3 percent said they are not sure whom they support.
The sampling included 1,791 likely voters and was carried out Oct. 29-Nov. 4. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.
Hawley, 38, has served as Missouri’s top law enforcement officer since 2017. He is a staunch conservative and enjoys strong support from President Donald Trump.
At Hawley’s initiative Missouri is party to a suit filed on behalf of 20 Republican state attorneys general that challenges provisions codified in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If the suit is successful insurance companies may be able to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.
McCaskill, 65, has served in the Senate since 2007. She is considered a moderate liberal.
Last summer the Daily Beast reported that Russian intelligence attempted to breach McCaskill’s Senate computer network. Following the report McCaskill issued a firm statement in which she pledged to hold Russia accountable for the attempted cyberattack.
Missouri is reliably Republican. Trump won the state by 18 points in the 2016 election.
Voters head to the polls on Tuesday.