last-minute pitch
October 24, 2018

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (Mo.) is pushing a unique message in the final weeks before the midterm elections: She's not "crazy" like other members of her party.

That's the crux of a new radio ad imagining a conversation between two voters, one of whom declares that he likes the senator because she's "not one of those crazy Democrats," reports CNN. The other voter says that he doesn't always agree with McCaskill but likes that she's "not afraid to stand up against her own party."

This angle, targeting voters who might have some reservations about McCaskill, also made its way into a recent television ad from the campaign. In it, veterans dispute attacks on McCaskill's record, with one noting that "you don't have to like her."

The Missouri senator is facing a tough re-election race in a state that President Trump won by almost 20 points in 2016. Although she is a Democrat, she votes in line with Trump's positions about 45 percent of the time, per FiveThirtyEight. For comparison, Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) all vote in line with Trump's positions about 10 percent of the time. McCaskill was considered to be a possible "yes" vote on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation — although she didn't end up supporting him, it appears she's still gunning for the moderate bonafides she would have won if she had. Read more at CNN. Brendan Morrow

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