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.