CREVE COEUR, MO. — Rep. W. Todd Akin, a Republican, has entered Missouri’s U.S. Senate race while casting himself as “the literal, exact opposite” of Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat.
Mr. Akin, 63, has represented a U.S. House district in suburban St. Louis for the past 10 years and previously served for a decade in the Missouri House.
He joins former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman as the only Republicans officially in next year’s Senate race. St. Louis businessman John Brunner also is considering a Senate campaign.
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