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McCaskill begins U.S. Senate race with cash lead

By The Associated Press
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.