The Hill, a political publication based in Washington, D.C., reported Wednesday that U.S. Rep. Sam Graves is considering running for Senate next year against Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
From the article:
Rep. Sam Graves (R) told The Ballot Box he’s “looking at” running against McCaskill in 2012.
“I certainly wouldn’t want to close the door on it. It’s something that I look at and kind of evaluate and we’ll see what happens,” he said in an interview. “There’s a great opportunity to take back that Senate seat.”
Graves said he’s weighing a myriad of factors, including whether to leave his position as chairman of the House Small Business Committee.
“There’s some things that I really want to accomplish there,” he said.
The article went to say that Graves, a Tarkio native, could have an edge because he has “experience as a sixth-generation farmer in northwestern Missouri.”
“That could also be a plus if he decides to mount a bid for Senate,” the article said. “Rural ties go a long way in Missouri politics and two of Graves’s potential GOP rivals, [Sarah] Steelman and former Sen. Jim Talent, could be seen as “city slickers” because of their urban roots.”