Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill has canceled campaign events for the remainder of the week to spend time with her critically ill mother.
McCaskill campaign spokesman Caitlin Legacki said Tuesday that the Democratic senator is with her 84-year-old mother, Betty Anne McCaskill, at an intensive care unit of a St. Louis hospital.
McCaskill canceled campaign stops Tuesday in Mount Vernon, Butler and Clinton. Legacki said she also canceled the rest of her get-out-the-vote tour in rural Missouri and all other campaign events through the end of the week.
Dave Spence went forward with his campaign stop despite losing his big-name keynote speaker: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) was supposed to introduce Spence in Jefferson City and headline fundraisers in St. Louis and Kansas City, but canceled following a deadly shooting in the Milwaukee area. Spence agreed with Walker’s decision and carried on without him.
“He absolutely did the right thing," Spence told the crowd of around 150. "He put people before politics.”
Voters casting ballots before Election Day say convenience and short lines are among their top reasons.
Early voting statewide began in Illinois Monday. It runs through Nov. 3. Some election officials say ballots cast before Election Day could top records from 2008. However, the overall number of registered voters is down.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence has put an additional $500,000 into his campaign to unseat Democratic Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.
The Missouri Ethics Commission website shows that Spence made the loan earlier this week. He has now given and loaned his campaign a total of $4.5 million.
The latest loan comes after finance reports released Monday showed Spence's campaign with less cash than Nixon's. The incumbent governor reported more than $4.9 million in his campaign account as of the start of October, compared with $1.5 million for Spence.
On Thursday night, the two Missouri senate candidates from the two major parties shook hands in front of a crowd of hundreds of potential voters. Meanwhile, the Libertarian candidate listened to the debate on the radio as he drove back to Kansas City for work in the morning.
Jonathan Dine was not invited to the debate, but drove to St. Louis anyway to meet with members of the media. On St. Louis on the Air on Wednesday, Dine expressed his frustration over being excluded from the debate.