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Claire McCaskill's bid for re-election will be closely watched by the entire nation in part because of her close ties to President Obama's 2008 campaign.
The fiercely-fought GOP primary will likely see U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-Wildwood), former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman or Frontenac businessman John Brunner emerge as McCaskill's opponent.
The "Tea Party" movement will also be a factor in the campaign, with one activist's comments about drawing added scrutiny and security for McCaskill.
In the meantime, dueling .
Redistricting brought on by the latest Census results has eliminated one of Missouri's congressional districts, to see who will represent the city of St. Louis and areas south, along with portions of St. Louis County stretching to the Maryland Heights border with Creve Coeur.
The primary winner will be an overwhelming favorite against either Robyn Hamlin or Martin Baker in November.
Missouri's new Second district is guaranteed to see someone new elected, with Rep. Akin's decision to run for the Senate. come into the fold to support her, enough so that it helped push Ed Martin to change races.
Wagner would face one of a field of largely-unknown Democrats, none of whom has attracted support from national party leaders.
In August voters will be asked to decide on a measure proposing "a constitutional amendment guaranteeing a citizen's right to pray and worship on public property and reaffirming a citizen's right to choose any or no religion," according to the state law calling for the vote. earlier this year.
The fate of statewide ballot issues will not be decided until later this summer.
Jefferson County voters will also decide whether to allow Consolidated School District No. 6 of Jefferson County to issue an $18.5 milllion bond to upgrade the school's technology, improve school facilities, purchase school buses and convert existing single-use sports facilities into multipurpose facilities.
Editor's Note: ArnoldPatch Editor Michael de los Reyes contributed to this article.