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Repub­li­can US Se­nate can­di­date Josh Haw­ley pushed hard at a de­bate Fri­day to paint Claire McCaskill as “an­other Wash­ing­ton lib­eral,” a phrase he re­peated over and over, while the in­cum­bent Demo­crat touted her­self as a mod­er­ate com­pro­miser.

The Mis­souri Press As­so­ci­a­tion hosted a can­di­date fo­rum that fea­tured the two front-run­ners and two other can­di­dates. It marked the first time the can­di­dates have de­bated. The stakes are huge:

The race in Mis­souri is among the na­tion’s most closely-watched cam­paigns, one of a hand­ful ex­pected to de­cide which party con­trols the Se­nate, where Repub­li­cans cur­rently hold a 51-49 ad­van­tage.

Both sides are spend­ing heav­ily, and out­side groups are buy­ing up ad time across the state. Polls in­di­cate the race is a toss-up. Haw­ley, the state’s 38-year-old first-term at­tor­ney gen­eral, has the sup­port of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, who car­ried Mis­souri by 19 per­cent­age points in 2016. At least seven times dur­ing the hour-long de­bate he re­ferred to McCaskill as “an­other Wash­ing­ton lib­eral.” (AP)

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