(AP) — Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri has won the Democratic primary in her campaign for a third term.
Voters picked McCaskill on Tuesday as expected over six other Democratic challengers.
Republicans are eyeing the Democratic seat in a state that President Donald Trump won by nearly 19 points in 2016. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley was favored in an 11-candidate Republican primary for the right to face McCaskill in November.
A McCaskill-Hawley matchup is expected to be one of the most hotly-contested races in the nation. McCaskill is running as a moderate in the red state. Hawley is campaigning largely on support for Trump and is attempting to paint his rival as a liberal obstructionist.