Show me the candidate: VP Pence weighs into Missouri Senate race

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -
The Vice President of the United States just weighed into the race for U.S. Senate in Missouri.
 
41 Action News confirmed Vice President Mike Pence recently spoke to Attorney General Josh Hawley by phone.
 
In a statement to 41 Action News, Hawley spokesman Scott Paradise said, "Josh spoke to Vice President Pence this weekend and has been getting a great deal of encouragement to run. He is giving the race serious consideration. Josh has also received calls from others interested in running and he is letting them know of his decision to consider the race."
 
Hawley is currently serving his first term as Missouri Attorney General. The Republican took office in January after voters elected him in November.
 
If he decided to run, Hawley could eventually face current Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill. The Democrat is currently serving her second term in the Senate.
 
A McCaskill spokesman released the following statement:
 
"For a guy who promised Missourians he wasn't just a ladder-climbing politician, he sure is taking a lot of advice from Washington, DC politicians on how to quickly climb that ladder."
 
Retired Air Force Pilot Tony Monetti and Austin Petersen have already entered the race on the Republican side.
The election is set for November of 2018.
 
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