You Decide 2012: Missouri August 7th Primary

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MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO. (KTVI) - The race for Missouri's U.S. Senate seat is underway before the GOP nominee is even chosen.  After being attacked in 14 million dollars worth of political television commercials over the past year, incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill launched her own campaign ads targeting the three frontrunners in the GOP Senate race.

Her campaign decided it was time to reach out to voters so she would not lose ground.  Campaign Manager Adrianne Marsh said, "It is time to take on her opponents with the truth about what's at stake."   Each commercial attacks the record of one of the three potential opponents, Congressman Todd Akin, former state treasurer Sarah Steelman or St. Louis businessman John Brunner.

Brunner responded with an ad charging McCaskill is "meddling" in the GOP primary.  His communications director Todd Abrajano called the McCaskill commercials "unprecedented" and added it appeared she was favoring Congressman Akin.  A McCaskill spokesman denied that saying she was reaching out to moderate voters after commercials sponsored by third party groups and the potential GOP candidates attacked her.

The merits of candidates running for Senate, Missouri Governor and Lt. Governor and the First Congressional District were debated during a FOX 2 "You Decide 2012" program Tuesday night during FOX 2 News at 9pm.  Former Republican Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway and Democratic strategist and former spokesman for Governor Jay Nixon shared their opinions and insights on the match-ups for Missouri's August 7th primary election.

The polls will open Tuesday, August 7th at 6am and close at 7pm.

You will find a link to a FOX 2 Voter's Guide on the home page at FOX2Now.com.       

 Betsey.Bruce@tvstl.com