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The Latest: NRA president campaigns for GOP candidate Hawley

November 3, 2018
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U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., speaks during a campaign rally Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Bridgeton, Mo. McCaskill is running for re-election. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

IMPERIAL, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on the Missouri U.S. Senate race between Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and Republican challenger Josh Hawley (all times local):

4:10 p.m.

National Rifle Association President Oliver North is campaigning for Missouri’s Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley.

North spoke to several dozen Hawley supporters during a Saturday rally in Imperial, about 30 minutes south of St. Louis.

North railed against Missouri’s incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill and other Democrats, warning that if Democrats take control of the U.S. House they will try to impeach President Donald Trump. North says Trump’s presidency is important in filling any additional vacancies on the U.S. Supreme Court with justices who support the Second Amendment.

The NRA endorsed Hawley and ran ads against McCaskill.

The Democrat has said she supports policies including strengthening background checks for buying firearms, banning bump stocks, and “ensuring that anyone who is too dangerous to get on an airplane can’t get their hands on a gun.”

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9:25 a.m.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is appealing to the right in the final days of her campaign for a third term representing Republican-leaning Missouri.

She cites approvingly President Ronald Reagan. She says she would back President Donald Trump if he stopped a migrant caravan at the border. She has given an interview to Fox News and decried “crazy Democrats.”

She’s hoping that message wins over independents and moderate Republicans in a state Trump won by nearly 19 percentage points in 2016.

But Trump and her Republican challenger, Josh Hawley, say she’s still too liberal for Missouri.

Trump told supporters during a Thursday rally in Columbia that McCaskill says nice things about him, but doesn’t vote with him. Hawley says he would be a reliable ally for the president.

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