Republican Josh Hawley on Tuesday won the Senate race in Missouri, ousting Sen. Claire McCaskill who desperately tired to hold on to her seat by insisting she was “not one of the those crazy Democrats.”
Mr. Hawley and Mrs. McCaskill were locked in a virtual tie for months. But the Republican prevailed with 53 percent of the vote the incumbent’s 43 parent with 82 percent of precincts reporting.
Mrs. McCaskill, a two-term incumbent and fierce campaigner, entered the race as one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats because the Show Me State has been trending Republican and backed President Trump by nearly 19 pints in 2016.
Mr. Hawley, the state attorney general, ran as a Trump Republican and painted Mrs. McCaskill as beholden to her party’s far left leaders and out of step with Missouri voters.
Mrs. McCaskill called herself an “independent voice” who wasn’t afraid to challenge either party’s leadership.
In the final days of the race, she made dramatic moves to distance herself from her own party. She ran a radio add that boasted she was “not one of the those crazy Democrats.”
Mr. Trump made the race a top priority. He made repeated visits to Missouri, including hosting his final midterm Make America Great rally in Cape Girardeau, where he was joined on stage by hometown son Rush Limbaugh and Fox News host Sean Hannity.