McCaskill begins U.S. Senate race with cash lead

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 | 3:40 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — Democrat Claire McCaskill is starting her 2012 U.S. Senate re-election bid with a cash advantage over her Republican challengers.

Federal finance reports show McCaskill had more than $900,000 in her campaign account to start 2011.

But figures released Wednesday show Republican challenger Sarah Steelman put a dent in the incumbent's advantage after announcing her candidacy on Dec. 1. Steelman reported raising more than $200,000 and, after expenses, had nearly $189,000 in her account to start the new year.

Earlier this week, Republican Ed Martin also announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate. Martin lost a race for the U.S. House last year. He said Wednesday that he had about $40,000 in his campaign account.

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james bowling February 2, 2011 | 4:43 p.m.

senator mccaskill stated durning a town hall meeting that she would vote for obama care even if she lost her job...after seeing others lose their jobs now she is talking about the times she didnt agree with pres obama...I am looking forward to the people of mo taking her at her word and throwing her out of office because of her votes for obama care...but most important we have to become debt free something senator mccaskill does not understand by her votes to give away the taxes payers money...

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Tim Dance February 2, 2011 | 5:09 p.m.

We don't need another racist Republican birther in the Senate. Oh by the way. Ayn Rand, the darling of the right, took government money for her cancer treatment. You libertarian/conservatives have been worshiping a false god. People of modest means should, like Rand, look out for their economic self interest and quit waxing poetically about "liberty" like Bowling here. Trying to speak the rich man's language won't make you rich. Pathetic.

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John Schultz February 2, 2011 | 5:23 p.m.

Tim, show us some Rand worshipers if you will - I've never read a word of her work. Some Libertarian really must have drank your milkshake in the past to make you such a bitter cuss. Or pathetic, in your own words. You might take a stroll to calm down if your government has plowed the area around your house. I know one of my neighbors on his own free will took care of the driveways on my street.

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Tim Dance February 2, 2011 | 5:50 p.m.

Sorry John, just pointing out to the good folks that even the most ardent cheerleader of small government and capitalism believed she needed socialized medicine. Boy keep trying to defend this hypocrisy. She's a fraud and so is economic libertarianism. I think the good people should do what Ayn Rand did and seek out a single payer health care system.

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John Schultz February 3, 2011 | 12:17 p.m.

So Rand may have been a hypocrite? Big whoop. She's not my hero. There are several Libertarians I know who she hasn't influences. I'm guessing a vast majority of the Tea Party crowd haven't read her works either?

Shall I sit here all day pointing out Democratic/liberal/progressive hypocrites to you as well? How about we start with President Obama laughing at the idea of marijuana legalization last year when it was one of the top citizen-generated questions put to him? How about his increasing the number of troops in Afghanistan instead of ending the war as he campaigned? Or his failure to move on Don't Ask, Don't Tell until the lame duck Congress did his work for him?

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