JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill has been touting her ability to compromise as a key reason why Missouri voters should re-elect her. But compromise is not a word regularly being spoken by her Republican opponents.
Congressman Todd Akin, former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman and businessman John Brunner have emphasized their commitment to stand firm for conservative values if elected to the U.S. Senate. They face each other in an Aug. 7 Republican primary for the right to challenge McCaskill.
Political scientists note that candidates in primaries typically must appeal to the party faithful, who tend to be more conservative in the case of Republicans. McCaskill has no primary. They also say Missouri has become a Republican-leaning state, making it important for a Democrat like McCaskill to reach out to Republicans.
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