Mo. GOP Senate race has conservative emphasis

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri Republicans will have a self-described conservative as their challenger to Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill in November. Exactly who that will be remains to be decided.

The leading candidates in Tuesday's Republican Senate primary include suburban St. Louis businessman John Brunner, former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman of Rolla, and Congressman Todd Akin of suburban St. Louis.

McCaskill is unopposed in the Democratic primary.

All three Republicans portray themselves as best suited to carry out a conservative agenda. They vow to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law. And they believe the best way to improve the economy is by limiting government debt, taxes, spending and regulations.

Brunner is endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Steelman by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Akin by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

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