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Aug. 3, 2017JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. |  By: AP

Missouri Attorney General Hawley considers Senate race

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is taking a first step toward entering the race for U.S. Senate. Hawley spokesman Scott Paradise on Wednesday confirmed the Republican will launch an exploratory committee this week for a possible challenge to Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Big-name Missouri Republicans and donors coalesced around Hawley as a favored candidate to challenge McCaskill. She's among 10 Senate Democrats running in states won by President Donald Trump.

An exploratory committee will allow Hawley to start raising money for a bid before he announces a final decision. While he had close to $1 million in his state campaign coffers at the end of June from his 2016 race for attorney general, he can't use that money for a federal race.

McCaskill is considered one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the 2018 election.