Missouri’s 2006 U.S. Senate race begins with State Auditor Claire McCaskill announcing her candidacy for the race against incumbent Republican Jim Talent. Democrat McCaskill knows that most voters in rural Missouri have, in recent elections, favored Republicans over Democrats, but she says she is more in tune with what’s on the minds of outstate Missourians. This could become a classic match-up of the anti-Washington candidate going up against the guy who has spent more than a decade in Congress. McCaskill says Talent is the Washington insider while she’s proud to say that she is not!

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