KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It's no secret the Missouri senate race is a tight one. RealClearPolitics has U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill leading Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley by one point.
A visit by President Donald Trump may be enough to tip the scales in Hawley's favor.
"Polling has showed that when the president comes in for a candidate they get a boost immediately in their numbers," Todd Graves, chairman of the Missouri Republican Party said. "President Trump won it by 19 points. We have two-thirds majority in the house and senate in the state legislature."
That's why this race is gaining national attention.
"It's pretty exciting having a president come in for a Senate campaign. It means that we have one of the most important Senate campaigns in the country this year and we've got a real good chance of turning a blue seat to a red seat," Graves said.
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President Trump will address the Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention in downtown Kansas City before speaking at a private fundraiser for Hawley.
"The president pays attention," Graves said. "He wants to maintain a majority in the Senate because of that Supreme Court confirmation and other confirmations coming up on other issues and suddenly it becomes a hot issue. We're already seeing a ton of TV ads."
Local Republicans also think this visit is just a preview of what's to come.
"This race is just starting out essentially and it's already a nail-biter," said Graves. "This is a big indicator that we're probably going to see him more than once this fall."