The Washington Times - August 2, 2012, 06:10PM

Sarah Palin will spend her Friday evening at a picnic in rural Missouri where she’ll serve food with Sarah Steelman, aiming to give the former state treasurer a final leg up in one of the country’s hottest primary races for U.S. Senate.

Mrs. Steelman has spent the last few months in a fierce three-way battle for the GOP nomination with former Rep. Todd Akin and St. Louis businessman John Brunner. The winner will face Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in the fall.


With only a few days left before Tuesday’s primary, the candidates are canvassing the state. And with polls indicating that each one could beat Mrs. McCaskill in November, they’ve attracted some top politicians to the campaign trail.

Mrs. Steelman happily pocketed an endorsement last month from Mrs. Palin, who also appeared in a television ad for her. And earlier this week, Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn stumped for Mr. Brunner in southwest Missouri.

A new poll released this week had both good and bad news for the Steelman campaign, placing her in between Mr. Akin and Mr. Brunner with 27 percent support. Mr. Brunner led the pack, with 33 percent, while Mr. Akin received 17 percent. The poll of 625 registered Missouri voters was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc.