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SMP Ad: Hawley Trying to "Punish" Cancer Patients

The Missouri Farm Bureau endorsed the Republican.

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Zach C. Cohen
Aug. 13, 2018, 10:07 a.m.

Senate Majority PAC released a TV ad Friday linking state Attorney General Josh Hawley’s (R) “contributions from the insurance industry” with his “lawsuit that could threaten healthcare for 2.5 million Missourians” by “allowing insurers to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions like cancer and diabetes.”

The announcer: “If you’re battling cancer you shouldn’t have to worry about an Attorney General taking away your health care. … Why would Josh Hawley punish those whose only crime was getting sick? Because he’s for the insurance companies. Not us.” (release)

A spokeswoman said the ad was backed by a $1.2 million buy as part of its previously reported August buy. (Hotline reporting)

UP ON THE FARM. The Missouri Farm Bureau endorsed Hawley on Friday. (release) The announcement happened against “the backdrop of a trade war that has sent crop prices spiraling downward. … Hawley said he supports Trump's effort to get better trade terms for farmers, but he won't say if he supports or opposes the tariffs imposed against China as a way to strike a new deal on trade.” Hawley also said “he believed farmers understood the long-term goal of the president. … The pick was not a surprise after the group passed over McCaskill in her two previous elections, but McCaskill had hoped the organization would take a different path.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

DATA DIVE. “Seventy percent of primary voters in St. Louis County took a Democratic ballot on Tuesday, far more than the 49 percent of county voters who opted to weigh in in the Democratic primary two years ago. Voter turnout also skyrocketed, with 42 percent of all registered county voters casting ballots on Tuesday. County voter turnout in August primaries dating to 2006 had never cracked 30 percent.

“Observers partially attribute the spike in Democratic participation to the Proposition A vote, the referendum on the state’s ‘right to work’ law. Heated Democratic primaries — including for a St. Louis County Council seat, the county executive race, and the contest for county prosecutor — also probably gave independents and Republicans a reason to pull Democratic ballots. Another potential factor: Suburban voters are gravitating toward Democrats, particularly voters in older, inner-ring suburbs such as Webster Groves and Kirkwood.” (St. Louis Posts-Dispatch)

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