ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Word this week that congresswoman Ann Wagner will not challenge U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri next year.

Wagner was asked if the decision was because some Republicans have been urging Attorney General Josh Hawley to run.

“Not in the least,” she says. “I know Josh well, I supported him in his race for Attorney General, even in the primary. I spoke with him … a few months ago, and he told me he had absolutely no intention of running.”

Wagner says it was a tough decision, but one that “boiled down to putting my family and my community first.”

Wagner says she stands ready to help the Republican candidate, and believes McCaskill can be defeated.

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