MISSOURI (KFVS) - On November 6, Missourians will go to the polls to vote for new leaders in national, state and local positions. But the race the whole country will be watching is for one of Missouri's two U.S. Senate seats.
With six Republican candidates running, the Missouri elections promise to be exciting as Democrats are battling for control of the Senate. Democrats currently have 47 seats in the Senate and Republicans have the majority, with 51 Senate seats. In order to keep their majority, Republicans can't afford to lose any seats. In 2018, 33 of the Senate's 100 seats are up for grabs.
In order to vote, you must be 18 years old, a citizen of the United States and a resident of Missouri. Missouri requires photo identification to vote. You have to bring a Missouri Driver or non-Driver License, passport or military ID to the polling place.
Incumbent Claire McCaskill, D-Mo, who is from Rolla, is running for a third term. She has held the Senate position for 11 years and is considered one of the most moderate Senators. During her time in office, McCaskill became well-known for these stances:
- The National Rifle Association gave McCaskill an “F” grade for her position on gun control, according to a press release in 2012. She supports expanded background checks and, after the shooting in Las Vegas, co-sponsored a bill to ban bump stocks.
- McCaskill has been a loud advocate for survivors of sexual assault, particularly on college campuses and in the military, according to her Senate website. In 2014, she wrote and passed a bill letting sexual assault survivors in the military choose between a military or civilian trial.
- McCaskill believes employers who knowingly hire undocumented people should be punished, and that DACA “Dreamers” should be protected, according to her Senate website.
In November 2017, President Trump endorsed Hawley for senator. Hawley's endorsement from Trump may improve his chances in the state, which went red in the 2016 presidential election with 56.4 percent voting for Donald Trump.
Republican candidate Tony Monetti is a former Air Force pilot from an Italian immigrant family in Brooklyn. He is a strong advocate for veterans and if elected, he says he would improve the U.S. military's missile defense and fight for veterans' rights. He's also pro-2nd Amendment and pro-life.
Jo Crain, from Kansas City, is running on issues such as ending tax breaks, forgiving all student loan debt, ending "all corporate influence," and providing "living wages for educators." You can click here to visit her campaign Facebook page.
Jerome Bauer, of St. Louis, co-founded the Washington University Cooperative Network in 2003 and has been active with Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, the Student-Worker Alliance (at Washington University and Webster University), the Peace Economy Project and more.