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Attorney General Hawley announces run for U.S. Senate

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Republican Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has made it official: He’s running for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill in 2018.

Hawley, a 37-year-old in his first year of elected office, released a video Tuesday morning announcing his candidacy.

“Erin and I have been thinking a lot about the future and the path our country is on. But D.C. looks a lot like the past. Even after the last election, the career crowd in Washington keeps on doing the same old thing.”

He says this wasn’t his plan but Missourians deserve a change. “Farmers are hurting. Healthcare costs and taxes just keep climbing.”

McCaskill is in her second term in the Senate, but Missouri voters have increasingly favored Republicans in recent years. Just one statewide office holder is a Democrat, and only two other federal lawmakers are Democrats _ Congressmen William Lacy Clay of St. Louis and Emanuel Cleaver of Kansas City.

Hawley says McCaskill has turned her back on the people of Missouri and it’s time for a new direction.

He defeated Democrat Teresa Hensley in November in his first bid for public office. He was previously an associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Law.