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McCaskill campaign struggling

Claire McCaskill admitted that her campaign is failing to generate enthusiasm and struggling to find volunteers as it heads toward Election Day.

At a stop in St. Louis, McCaskill told a group of supporters that her campaign needs more volunteers in places like Ferguson, saying that her campaign offices “feel depressing.”

At the same time McCaskill is struggling to motivate the liberal base she was counting on to do the legwork for her campaign, she is facing tough questions about her record in Washington. A New York Times profile this morning detailed McCaskill’s struggles with rural voters, who increasingly view her as “out of touch” after revelations about her lavish lifestyle in DC funded by the $131 million in taxpayer subsidies awarded to her husband’s companies during her time in office.

McCaskill is walking a difficult tightrope, trying to appeal to conservative rural voters while hanging on to her liberal base. Right now, it looks like she’s failing on both counts.

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Claire McCaskill Says Her Campaign Has ‘Struggled’ to Get Volunteers
Washington Free Beacon
Brent Scher
September 18, 2018

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D., Mo.) confessed to a group of voters that her reelection campaign has “struggled with volunteers” and that her campaign offices “feel depressing,” according to video captured by the Republican National Committee.

“The difference between a campaign office that’s vibrant and full and one that isn’t is volunteers,” McCaskill said during an event last week with the Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce in St. Louis. “I will tell you, we have struggled with volunteers in the first month.”

McCaskill went on to detail how much the campaign relies on volunteers, saying it has 55 employees staffing 41 offices across the state. She stressed the need for volunteers in predominantly African-American communities like the nearby city of Ferguson, where she has struggled to make inroads.

“I’m not going to sugarcoat it, we need more volunteers in Ferguson,” McCaskill said. “We need more people showing up, the office is open, you can show up and they’ll give you ideas about what you can do to help.”

“That’s the difference between a campaign office that feels like it’s doing something and one that feels depressing,” she said.

McCaskill’s campaign didn’t respond to a request for comment on the plea for volunteers.