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    Default Anonymous ads attack Josh Hawley on guns, boost third-party candidates

    Anonymous ads attack Josh Hawley on guns, boost third-party candidates

    BY JASON HANCOCK, jhancock@kcstar.com
    October 31, 2018 05:04 PM
    Updated October 31, 2018 05:04 PM



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    Voters in at least four counties around the state have received political mailers from an unknown source attacking Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley on guns — and implying that they should support a third-party or independent candidate.

    The mailers fail to identify who paid for them, which is required by law. But they appear to be connected to mailers attacking GOP senate candidates in Montana and Indiana.

    Hawley, the state’s attorney general, is running against incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in one of the most hotly contested Senate campaigns in the country.

    One of the mailers, received by a voter in Clay County, said Hawley “wants to make it harder to buy guns.” It then calls independent Senate candidate Craig O’Dear a “tireless defender of our 2nd Amendment rights.” Another mailer says voters can’t count on Hawley “to protect our gun rights,” then lays out the positions of Libertarian candidate Japheth Campbell.

    The mailers are similar to ones that appear to be circulating in Montana and Indiana, two other states like Missouri where an incumbent Democrat is running in a tight Senate race. In Indiana, the state’s Libertarian Party denied any connection to the mailers.

    O’Dear criticized the mailers in a Facebook post on Monday.

    “The flyer, as described to us, attacks Josh Hawley for his Second Amendment position, and does so in a misleading manner,” he said. “It’s not ugly; it’s just misleading. Anyone who is familiar with our campaign would know the flyer makes no sense — it criticizes Hawley for purportedly taking positions we actually support.”

    Hawley was endorsed by the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund, which called him a “champion of our Second Amendment freedoms.”

    His spokeswoman, Kelli Ford, placed the blame for the mailers on McCaskill.

    "Sounds like another dirty trick by Claire McCaskill,” she said. “She wrote the book on it. This is just more of the same.”

    Ford was referencing McCaskill’s book, “Plenty Ladylike,” where she discusses behind-the-scenes efforts to support Todd Akin in advance of the 2012 Missouri Republican primary.

    McCaskill’s campaign denied any connection to the mailer.

    “Claire condemns all dark money efforts, including these mailers,” said Meira Bernstein, McCaskill’s spokeswoman. “Josh Hawley supports anonymous political giving, and Claire will continue to work hard to end it.”



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    Hi!!! I'm Josh Howdy-Doody Hawley, Missouri Corporate Attorney-Meercat.

    I Really Hate the First Amendment & Support Judicial Corruption


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    Default Missouri Ethics Complaint Against Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley

    Missouri Ethics Complaint Against Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley


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    Missouri Ethics Complaint Against Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley (4 pages)
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    Default Write-in candidates official for Tuesday’s ballot

    Write-in candidates official for Tuesday’s ballot

    Nov. 3, 2018



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    Under Missouri law, election officials don’t have to count a write-in vote unless that person filed a “declaration of intent” form before the election with the local election authority or, for state and federal offices, with the secretary of state.

    Oct. 26 was this year’s deadline for making that declaration.

    Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s office announced 12 candidates filed as write-ins for state or federal offices, including five for U.S. Senate and one for state auditor.

    Also, Christina Smith, of Jefferson City — who ran for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate on the Aug. 7 primary ballot — filed as a write-in candidate for the 6th District state Senate seat that had been held by Republican Mike Kehoe, until he became lieutenant governor in June.

    For U.S. Senate, Ashcroft’s office said, the write-in candidates are: Martin Luther Dzerzhinsky Lindstedt, Steven Wallace, Gina Bufe, Rodney Stock and Cassie Ganier.

    Arnie C. AC Dienoff filed as a write-in candidate for state auditor.

    The two other write-in candidates filed with Ashcroft are for state representative seats in the St. Louis and Ste. Genevieve areas.


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    Here is the official list from the Missouri Secretary of State's office:

    http://howdydoodyhawley.club/blog/Se..._Write-ins.pdf

    I am running for US Senate. My son-in-law Shawn Deines is running for 7th US Congress as a write-in. We filed after the Republican, Democrat, and LibberToon Parties refused to hold truly open political primaries as they refuse to let open White Supremacists run for political office. My son-in-law was refused ballot access because he was with me.

    I don't see why "White Supremacists" should pay the taxes or obey the pretend laws passed by politicians afraid of having an open primary election. This is true especially for "Republicans" afraid of having a republican form of government, i.e. the People getting to choose their representatives regardless of faction or party. "No taxation without representation" was the rallying cry for the First American Revolution. Since I cannot vote for or run as a White Supremacist maybe other White Supremacists should refuse to accept this system and start first by refusing to vote Republican.

    Hail Victory !!!

    Pastor Martin Luther Dzerzhinsky (Mad Dog the Conquerer) Lindstedt
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    Ten Thousand Warlords PAC
    Write in Candidate for US Senate


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    Default Pastor Martin Lindstedt 4 Senate Political Ad 5 Nov 2018

    Pastor Martin Lindstedt 4 Senate Political Ad 5 Nov 2018


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    This is a political ad made & paid for by
    Pastor Martin "Mad Dog" Lindstedt
    Church of Jesus Christ Christian / Aryan Nations of Missouri

    Write-in White Supremacist Candidate for US Senate.
    Ten-Thousand Warlords PAC

    Monday, Nov. 5, 2018
    I APPROVE of this message.

    Write-In Shawn Deines, my ex-son-in-law for US Congress.
    Costs you nothing because Silly Billy Long will win anyways.

    Vote against the Satanic monster Judge Kevin Lee Selby by voting for competent Attorney Andrew Wood.


    Vote NO on retaining any Missouri Appellate Judges
    Vote NO on paying taxes for Missouri piglice -- Prop D
    Vote YES on Medical Pot, Amendment 2 & Prop C
    Vote YES on Amendment 1 for open government
    Vote YES to raise the minimum wage Prop B

    Vote "HELL NO" on raising Granby Sales tax on mail-order or Internet purchases by 2.625%. Granby City Hall don't need $250,000 of your money as they stole enough already.

    "White Men don't let whiggers vote Republican"

    Hail Victory !!!





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    Default Ten reasons why Cliar MacAsskill will win over Howdy-Doody Hawley, Corporate Meercat

    Ten reasons why Cliar MacAsskill will win over Howdy-Doody Hawley, Corporate Meercat


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    Note following election results- NEVER MIND! I'M AN ESPECIALLY SILLY GLIBERAL WHIGGER BUTTHOLE FAG, CUM-CUM, CUM-CUM!!!

    The eyes of the nation will be on Missouri Tuesday night.
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    That's the kind of rhetoric you always hear as elections approach and this time is no different.

    The U. S. Senate race between incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill and her Republican challenger, Attorney General Josh Hawley, is a key race as the Republicans attempt to maintain their hold in Congress.

    While the odds of the Democrats retaking the Senate are slim, a loss by McCaskill would eliminate them altogether.

    The Democrats may not regain control of the Senate, but all signs point to them holding on to this U. S. Senate seat.

    Here are 10 reasons why the Missouri U. S. Senate position will not fall into GOP hands Tuesday:

    1. Roy Blunt - The pundits are fixated on Donald Trump's approximately 20 percentage point win in the Show Me State in 2016. I have not heard anyone talking about the 2016 Senate race. Former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander lost to Republican incumbent Roy Blunt by less than three percentage points.

    Part of that was Kander's energetic campaign; part of it was a growing dissatisfaction with Blunt even from members of his own party.

    A big factor was the Trump phenomenon. Voters were willing to take a shot at voting for someone who was not a politician. Blunt was definitely a politician.

    So is Josh Hawley.

    2. Hillary Clinton -- In 2016, the Democrats picked the only candidate who could have lost to Donald Trump and even she was able to beat him in the popular vote by three million. Clinton did not generate the excitement among Democrats that Barack Obama did and she lost many of Missouri's Bernie Sanders supporters who elected to stay at home.

    Nobody's staying at home this time.

    3. Todd Akin - Claire McCaskill's 2012 opponent has nothing to do with this race. I am using him to make a point.

    Todd Akin was more qualified to be a U. S. Senator than Josh Hawley.

    While I realize that's not saying much, consider the following:

    When Akin ran against McCaskill, he was well into his sixth term in the U. S. House of Representatives. had served in the military and had experience in business, as well as being a pro-life activist.

    Josh Hawley's background falls short of even Akin standards. While he did serve as a clerk for U. S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, obviously a plus, Hawley built his reputation on winning the Hobby Lobby case in the Supreme Court. While he was involved in the case, it was primarily as a backbencher.

    Other than that, Hawley's background is less than two years, and not particularly strong ones, as Missouri's attorney general.

    4. The Joplin Area -- This area will play a major role in Claire McCaskill's victory.

    Don't get me wrong. McCaskill will come nowhere near to beating Hawley in Joplin and the surrounding area.

    She doesn't need to.

    Unlike many other Democratic candidates who have totally neglected this area, McCaskill has been in Jasper County, Greene County and other venues in southwest Missouri. This is nothing new. She did that when she upset Jim Talent in 2006 and when she beat Akin six years later.

    During those campaigns, however, she did not visit this area as often during the latter stages of the campaign. She was in Joplin just a couple of weeks ago.

    Even that might not be enough, but this time she has reinforcements.

    For the first time in recent memory, the Democrats have fielded candidates for each of the seats in the Missouri House of Representatives in the Joplin area and though those candidacies are long shots in this rock-ribbed Republican part of the country, they are being waged by high-energy people who have been following the tried-and-true retail politics game, going door to door and talking to as many people as possible.

    Forget the robocalls, that is how you win voters. While even a re-energized Democratic party in this area is at a disadvantage, it should be able to bring enough voters to the polls to add a few percentage points to McCaskill's total and that may be all she needs.

    5. Health Care --
    Missourians are not stupid.

    The idea that Josh Hawley made a big deal out of being a plaintiff in a lawsuit to completely eliminate the Affordable Care Act and then claims he will make sure that those with pre-existing conditions are insured is laughable.

    Perhaps it would have been easier to sell if we did not have the recent evidence of a Republican Party that railed against the Affordable Care Act for more than eight years and then when voters elected enough of its candidates to take control of both houses of Congress revealed that it had not been able to come up with any kind of health care plan in all of that time.

    We all either have pre-existing conditions or have loved ones who have pre-existing conditions. So when Hawley responded to the Democratic attacks centering on his role in the lawsuit by noting that his son Elijah has a pre-existing condition so why would he be against covering them, it was not convincing.

    We all know that Hawley can afford the kind of insurance that can cover pre-existing conditions. Most of us those he is asking to vote for him cannot.

    6. Donald Trump --
    Having the support of Donald Trump is a double-edged sword. For those who adore our president, his stamp of approval is all it takes for them to cast their votes for Josh Hawley. And there are a great many Trump supporters in this state.

    That being said, there are many independents in Missouri who are troubled by Trump's propensity to divide rather than unite the country, his juvenile insults, his penchant for kissing up to dictators and his complete disregard for any and all rules that govern this nation, including at times the U. S. Constitution.

    Even those conservative leaning independents who appreciate the appointment of Supreme Court Justices Neal Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh and who may agree with many of Trump's policies see a need for some oversight on his presidency.

    That is not going to come from Josh Hawley.

    7. Women --
    While I am fully aware that many Missouri women will cast their ballots for Josh Hawley because they agree with his conservative philosophy and are not enamoured with Claire McCaskill, women will still play a role in McCaskill's win.

    More women vote Democratic or are independent than are Republicans and the party's complete and total backing of President Trump during a time when he has made a number of disparaging and disrespectful comments about women appears to have caused a few Republican women to reconsider voting for the party's candidates. It is not many of them, but in order for it to make a difference in the Senate campaign, it does not have to be.

    There is also a growing understanding that much of the most vehement opposition toward Claire McCaskill comes from people who are simply not comfortable with having an outspoken woman in any position of power. You hear Chuck Schumer's name mentioned in some of the negative advertising, but the real venom in those ads is reserved for Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi. That is no accident.

    8. Eric Greitens --
    For those of you who do not remember, at one time Eric Greitens was governor of Missouri. One of Hawley's early challenges was how to deal with allegations against Greitens. He wiggled, he wobbled and the decisions he made did not satisfy anyone.

    He conducted an investigation that was not really an investigation, which meant he did not please those who thought Greitens was the subject of a witch hunt and he did not go far enough for those people, including many Republicans, who thought Greitens' activities and these allegations were demeaning the state.

    9. Those ladders -- Josh Hawley's successful campaign for attorney general included an ad in which he was surrounded by ladders and made it a point to say that he was not running for attorney general just to position himself for higher office.

    When he announced his Senate bid, he made it clear that he had to be talked into it, for the good of Missouri, of course.

    Recent reporting by the Kansas City Star makes it clear that decision had already been made, probably even at the time Hawley made that ad. Hawley was working with consultants right from the start to position himself to run for the Senate. That included decisions on what cases the attorney general's office should pursue.

    In other words, Hawley's argument that McCaskill has sold out to Washington and no longer represents Missouri seems a bit hollow.

    10. Claire McCaskill -- Claire McCaskill is a politician. And there is nothing wrong with that. Politics, while never pretty, is admirable, especially when practiced by people who can relate to their constituents.

    McCaskill is a seasoned campaigner who bounced back from a narrow loss to Matt Blunt in the 2004 gubernatorial race to win two hard-fought Senate races.

    While Josh Hawley may well turn out to be a solid politician at some point in his career, he has not arrived there at this point. His campaign has been awkward, consultant-driven and he appears to be a pre-fab candidate.

    Admittedly, it was an earlier point in the campaign, but when I had a chance to watch Hawley in action, but from what I could see, he is not comfortable meeting with constituents. That can be worked on, but it will have to be in a future campaign or as he conducts his business as Missouri's attorney general.

    Josh Hawley's campaign is Trump-driven and consultant-driven.

    Claire McCaskill will be elected to her third term in the U. S. Senate Tuesday.

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    Default Inside the campaign that defeated Claire McCaskill --

    Inside the campaign that defeated Claire McCaskill

    How the quick Corporate-Meercat from Mengele Labs in Brazil beat the old whiggress gliberal frump Cliar MacAsskill

    BY LINDSAY WISE AND BRYAN LOWRY
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    November 06, 2018 10:47 PM
    Updated November 07, 2018 05:17 PM



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    KANSAS CITY
    It was late September and 10,000 people in a basketball arena in southwestern Missouri were screaming Brett Kavanaugh’s name.

    Josh Hawley backed away from the podium as the wave of sound hit. He could feel the stage shaking.

    “KA-VA-NAUGH, KA-VA-NAUGH, KA-VA-NAUGH!”

    The 38-year-old Republican Senate candidate turned to President Donald Trump, who stood by his side in the packed JQH arena at Missouri State University in Springfield.

    “Wow,” Hawley said.

    “Wow,” Trump said back.

    Hawley’s campaign manager, Kyle Plotkin, was standing in the back of the rally, near the TV cameras and journalists, thinking to himself that he’d never seen anything like this before in Republican politics.

    It was like a rock concert. The wild energy of the crowd, the deafening volume.

    “This is significant,” Plotkin thought to himself.

    For the first time in a bitterly fought campaign, Plotkin felt it in his bones: Claire McCaskill was done.

    This is the story of how Josh Hawley, a man who won his first election two years ago, defeated a veteran campaigner seeking her third Senate term. It is based on interviews with more than a dozen senior operatives and strategists from both parties — in Missouri and Washington, DC.

    Together, those operatives describe a campaign that managed to pull off what some thought impossible: Unite the Trumpian and country club wings of the Republican Party. It delivered the win for Hawley, and it has all but destroyed the Democratic Party’s foothold in Missouri.

    THE WRONG SIDE OF TRUMP

    He wasn’t even supposed to be the one to run against her.

    That was Republican Congresswoman Ann Wagner, the former co-chair of the Republican National Committee.

    But Wagner had a problem. She had disavowed Trump during the 2016 campaign, after the revelation of an Access Hollywood tape that captured Trump boasting about sexually assaulting women.

    Hawley had earned even more votes than Trump statewide in 2016. As a newcomer to politics, he had no lengthy record for McCaskill to attack, as Wagner did.

    But his status as the standard-bearer for the Trump movement in the Midwest wasn’t assured.

    Even though Hawley had cast himself as an outsider in his successful 2016 run for attorney general, in many ways, he was a darling of the GOP establishment.

    A square-jawed product of Stanford University and Yale Law School, he had clerked for Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and helped represent Hobby Lobby in its successful lawsuit against Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate.

    In the spring of 2017, former Sen. Jack Danforth, an early mentor of Hawley’s, spearheaded an effort to recruit Hawley to challenge McCaskill.

    Danforth’s role was to encourage Hawley to run publicly — and to discourage others from entering the race. Also involved in the effort to recruit Hawley were Steven Law, a former chief of staff for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, former ambassador Sam Fox, former GOP Sen. Kit Bond, and Missouri’s sitting Republican Sen. Roy Blunt.

    What Republican leaders feared most was a repeat of 2012, when a vicious eight-way primary led to the nomination of GOP Rep. Todd Akin. Akin would go on to lose to McCaskill after he remarked that pregnancy could not result from “legitimate rape.”

    “Claire had been kind of like Moby Dick, the one who got away,” said Brad Todd, the media consultant for Hawley’s campaign. “And I think everyone who runs Republican campaigns felt like she stole it in 2012 and that was a wrong that needed to be righted.”

    McCaskill, Todd knew, was vulnerable. Her approval rating hovered at 45 percent. Trump had re-energized the GOP base. Republicans didn’t want to blow their chance. Not this time.

    Wagner withdrew her name in early July 2017. A week later, Vice President Mike Pence personally reached out to Hawley to urge him to run in a phone call brokered by Blunt and Nick Ayers, Pence’s chief of staff. Hawley announced an exploratory committee the following month.

    COURTING BANNON

    The trick that Hawley had to pull off was to convince both the populist, Trumpian wing of the Republican Party and the country club establishment that he was secretly one of them — and that he was just humoring the other guys.

    The support from Danforth and other party elders tied Hawley to the establishment early in the race, prompting suspicion from some in Trump’s base.

    It didn’t help that when Trump first came to Missouri that August, Hawley didn’t show up.

    His political mentor Danforth had just published a column bashing Trump and calling on all Republicans to disassociate themselves from the president’s divisive tactics “for the sake of our party and our nation.”

    The words could be read as directed personally at Hawley, the young man Danforth hailed as “a once-in a generation Republican candidate.”

    Hawley took a drubbing on conservative talk radio in Missouri for skipping Trump’s visit for a “family vacation.” And he refused to comment about Danforth’s criticism of Trump. Even Wagner slammed Hawley for shunning the president.

    Former state GOP Chair Ed Martin was mulling his own run. He had emerged as a pro-Trump voice on cable news panels, and said publicly that if Hawley was unable to condemn Danforth’s comments, he should not run against McCaskill.

    Hawley needed to shore up support with the populist wing of the GOP, and fast. Within weeks, his nascent campaign reached out to Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist and then-Breitbart executive, to ensure there would be no rebellion from the right.

    “The danger was a Trump-esque fire-breather comes in and gets to Josh’s right culturally, so getting Bannon involved and getting the Trump MAGA stamp of approval early on was very important,” said Gregg Keller, a St. Louis-based Republican strategist.

    Bannon met with Hawley twice early in the campaign. The meetings were set up by Dave Bossie, the president of Citizens United and Trump’s 2016 deputy campaign manager. Bannon came away from the meetings convinced that Hawley would support the Trump agenda and that he was the one person who could be competitive against McCaskill.

    Bannon agreed to stay out of Hawley’s way even as he engaged in a self-described war against McConnell-backed candidates.

    “He had tremendous support from Trump-type people who saw him and said ‘Hey, although Mitch McConnell signed off on him, he’s actually one of us,’” Bannon told McClatchy.

    McConnell wasn’t pleased. Especially when Hawley declined to say whether he would vote for McConnell as majority leader despite the fact that the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the campaign arm of Senate GOP leadership, had already established a joint committee to fundraise on Hawley’s behalf.

    “Hawley and other candidates around the country — not just Hawley — created this whole façade that didn’t exist: that Bannon was this big kingmaker. And he wasn’t,” said Chris Pack, spokesman for the Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC with ties to McConnell.

    Hawley’s top campaign consultant, Brad Todd, defended the outreach to Bannon.

    “There were a lot of people who were not happy he met with Steve Bannon. There were a lot of people who were not happy he met with Mitch McConnell,” Todd said.

    “But our answer was the same to both groups: ‘If someone wants to help me beat Claire McCaskill, I’m going to talk to them,’” he said. “Josh was disciplined in keeping his eye on the ball on how hard it would be to pull off an upset … Trying to keep the entire right together.”

    SOLDIERING FOR TRUMP

    In addition to courting Bannon, Hawley also worked to persuade Martin that he would be a loyal soldier for Trump.

    “When I made the noise I made, I heard from a lot of folks, including Josh, about ‘Hey what’s your concern?’” Martin said.

    Martin was blunt. He told Hawley he wouldn’t win if he didn’t take on the Trump mantle, Martin said.

    The next time Trump came to Missouri, Hawley was on the tarmac to enthusiastically greet him.

    The president endorsed Hawley a minute into his speech in St. Charles. Missouri’s GOP primary was still nearly a year away.

    Todd said that Hawley’s team was “a little surprised” that Trump went that far so soon, “but not a lot surprised.”

    Trump’s endorsement legitimized Hawley in the eyes of Trump’s base in Missouri.

    “Josh wasn’t my guy. He wasn’t my guy going in,” said Ben Murphy, the creative director of America First Missouri PAC, a group formed for the sole purpose of promoting Trump’s agenda in Missouri.

    “The guys who recruited him, let’s face it, were not big Trump supporters and that’s being kind,” Murphy said. “But as long as the president is telling us with open eyes that Josh is the guy… He’s the guy. There’s no choice here.”

    Even Danforth, who advised GOP officials to avoid being seen in public with Trump last year, now agrees that embracing the president was a political necessity for Hawley.

    “He had to do it, and he was probably more inclined to do it than I was,” Danforth said. “But it probably worked out better for him than it would for me… I’m notoriously anti-Trump.”

    GREITENS SPLINTERS GOP

    With the president’s backing, Hawley had a clear path to a general election showdown with McCaskill. Missouri Republican Party officials were determined to avoid the mistakes of 2012 and thought they had finally achieved the party unity that would allow them to defeat McCaskill.

    Then came Eric Greitens. The state’s Republican governor was accused of sexual misconduct and indicted on felony invasion of privacy charges. The scandal dominated Missouri politics for the first half of 2018 and threatened to sink Hawley’s candidacy.

    James Harris, a Jefferson City-based Republican consultant, said that the scandal cramped Hawley’s ability to campaign. He skipped county GOP events and left the state party’s annual convention in Kansas City early to avoid being seen with Greitens in public.

    “Early on, some said why is he (Hawley) not out campaigning more…Greitens was intentionally picking events where Josh was scheduled to go. Then the attorney general had to step back,” Harris said.

    Greitens, a former Navy SEAL, also had run as an outsider. Some of his Republican supporters saw efforts to force him from office as an establishment conspiracy — led by Hawley, who was investigating him as attorney general. The party braced for a prolonged impeachment process that could stretch into November.

    Once again, it looked like Republicans’ infighting in Missouri might cost them a Senate seat, to Democrats’ glee. Republicans bemoaned McCaskill’s uncanny luck. Keller joked that McCaskill must use a voodoo doll in her Senate races.

    But the following month, Greitens resigned after his attorneys struck a deal with the prosecutor’s office to drop charges. The deal saved Greitens from prosecution. It may have also saved Hawley’s prospects in the Senate race.

    “Had he (Greitens) not resigned, I think it becomes all but impossible for Josh Hawley to win this race,” Keller said.

    STILL, THAT MCCASKILL CASH

    With Greitens gone, and any serious challengers out of the way, Hawley and outside GOP groups supporting him were free to go on offense against McCaskill.

    Hawley’s campaign, managed by Plotkin and by Todd’s Washington-area firm, OnMessage Inc., went into attack mode, hammering McCaskill over her husband’s business dealings, her use of a private plane on the campaign trail and her voting record, which they said was too liberal for the red state that Missouri had become.

    It was a classic “win the day” theory of campaigning: If you’re explaining you’re losing.

    But McCaskill had invested in the ground game with data and field offices and canvassing designed to get out every possible vote, especially in St. Louis and Kansas City, the state’s largest population centers. McCaskill also massively outraised Hawley, bringing in $35 million in donations compared to Hawley’s $10 million.

    Hawley’s campaign, run largely by consultants from the Washington area, had less interest in traditional turnout efforts than messaging. Instead, Hawley’s team largely relied on the Missouri Republican Party to get out the vote and on outside groups to fill the fundraising gap.

    Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement in late June came as a gift to Hawley.

    He could focus his campaign squarely on the Supreme Court — the one issue that unites Republican factions and that Hawley, a constitutional law expert and former Supreme Court law clerk, was uniquely qualified to exploit.

    Hawley knows Kavanaugh personally, which is one reason he didn’t hesitate to be vocal in his support of the judge even when it appeared politically risky.

    “He very much is plugged into the national conservative legal world,” Todd said of Hawley. “He had a better sense of Brett Kavanaugh than other candidates did because they literally run in the same circles.”

    The controversy over Kavanaugh galvanized Republican voters as Trump and GOP senators portrayed Democrats as character assassins.

    Roy Temple, a Democratic consultant in Kansas City, said Kavanaugh turned out to be a wild card for Democrats. At minimum it ended up blunting Democratic momentum.

    “The thing you have to be willing to accept is that you can do everything right that’s within your control, and your fate can still be determined by things outside of your control,” said Temple, former chair of the Missouri Democratic Party.

    “Sometimes timing is everything in this business.”

    KAVANAUGH BUMP

    In retrospect, the early signs of the Kavanaugh bump were there. After news broke of sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh on Sept. 13, Hawley and his team noticed people at campaign stops started to perk up at the mention of the nominee’s name.

    At the part in Hawley’s stump speech where he brought up the importance of conservative, constitutionalist judges, listeners in towns across Missouri would nod their heads, or even gasp out loud.

    It was hard to put your finger on it, Plotkin said, but you could feel it. The energy at Hawley’s campaign events changed after the allegations came out against Kavanaugh. Anger was simmering.

    But it wasn’t until the raucous rally with Trump in Springfield, Missouri — days after Senate Republicans agreed to hold a hearing on Ford’s allegations — that GOP voters turned anger into outrage.

    Until then, public polls showed Hawley and McCaskill deadlocked. Hawley’s own internal voter surveys had never — not once — shown him up by more than the margin of error over McCaskill.

    Then, just two days before chants of Kavanaugh’s name shook the stage in Springfield, McCaskill made it official: She would vote no on Kavanaugh.

    Todd, who had been “scared to death” McCaskill might surprise him and vote to confirm Kavanaugh, finally let himself breathe easier.

    After that, the Hawley campaign’s voter surveys showed McCaskill’s approval rating among people who approved of Trump drop from 10-15 percent to just 5-7 percent.

    McCaskill was never going to win over a majority of Trump voters. But she needed enough to give her a fighting chance in a state Trump had carried by 19 percentage points in 2016.

    That’s why she’d campaigned so hard in red parts of the state, such as Greene County, where Springfield is located — places, she often joked, where people didn’t like her much — in the hope she could win over enough of those crucial voters.

    Now she’d lost them.

    Hawley, for his part, pulled off a feat that could become a model for the GOP as it struggles to maintain its fragile coalition of populists and Chamber of Commerce Republicans, balanced budget voters and tax cut voters, tea partiers and country club Republicans.

    He won over those who were uncomfortable with Trump, while hanging onto the president’s acolytes.

    “Having support from John Danforth and Steve Bannon simultaneously is quite a feat,” said John Hancock, a former Missouri GOP chair.

    “There probably aren’t many if any Republicans in the country who can say that.”

    Come Wednesday, there will be plenty of Republicans nationwide hoping Josh Hawley is the first of many.

    If that’s true, the outlook for Democrats is bleak.

    “People don’t want checks and balances,” said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Kansas City Democrat. “They want Trump and want Trump only.”

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    Jonathan Shorman of The Wichita Eagle contributed to this report
    Lindsay Wise: 202-383-6007, @lindsaywise, lwise@mcclatchydc.com
    Bryan Lowry: 202-383-6167, @BryanLowry3, blowry@mcclatchydc.com

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