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Down to the wire: Missouri race for U.S. Senate nears end as voters head to polls Tuesday

Posted: 7:23 AM, Nov 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-05 08:23:03-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The race for U.S. Senate in Missouri is razor thin with Sen. Claire McCaskill and Attorney General Josh Hawley engaged in a tough fight that could reshape the legislature depending on its outcome. 

Missouri does not have early voting, so polls are expected to be packed Tuesday. 

Millions of dollars have been spent in political ads on both sides. 

McCaskill is one of a few Democrats that hold a Senate seat in a state won by President Trump. 

"I know Josh Hawley is in a hurry, but you don't have to lie to lead. I may not always vote the way everyone in Missouri wants me to vote — this is a tough state — but there is a lot of stuff we agree on and I am good at finding those things. I am the fifth most-likely senator to break with my party in Washington," McCaskill said. 

Hawley disputes that claim.

"I don't think she is a bad person at all. She is a good person. Thirty-six years of service to this state and country and I applaud her. She just doesn’t vote with Missouri. She votes with party 90 percent of the time. We don’t need a party-line liberal," Hawley said. 

Voters in Jackson County should be prepared to spend some time looking at the ballot. 

Aside from the Senate race, they will decide on three medical marijuana questions, a gas tax increase, minimum wage increase, library tax increase, a host of judges and county legislature questions.