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McCaskill, Hawley both say they support higher minimum wag

ST. LOUIS (AP) – U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, a Democrat in a decidedly Republican state, is seizing on an issue that she believes resonates even in the most conservative corners of the state – the financial future of the lowest wage earners.

The two-term incumbent campaigned Thursday in St. Louis, where she celebrated the resounding defeat of a right-to-work measure earlier this month and touted the value of raising the minimum wage.

The November ballot includes a measure to gradually raise the state’s $7.85 minimum wage to $12 an hour. McCaskill says she’s "100 percent in favor."

Her Republican opponent, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, also campaigned in the St. Louis area Thursday, saying he’s undecided on the November ballot issue but that a higher minimum wage "is probably a good idea."

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