The D.C. based newspaper reports that Sarah Steelman appears increasingly less likely to run against Roy Blunt for U.S. Senate next year.
Aaron Blake of The Hill writes: "Steelman insisted she is still thinking about the Senate race. But in defending the tone of the gubernatorial primary last year, she also suggested it might be time for someone else to take up the mantle against Blunt."
"Republicans close to Steelman and the state GOP say her choice of words is telling. Her other options include running for state auditor next year or for governor in 2012, but they say it’s now more likely that she will run in the 7th congressional district.
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"It became apparent she wasn’t going to run for Senate when the Club for Growth looked like they were going to sit out,” he said. “When you run for statewide office in Missouri, there are 200 people you call. She’s not called any of those people."
Another source tells The Hill that Tom Schweich's decision against a possible candidacy is probably impacting Steelman's thinking: "She was looking at it as: Two men against a woman, she’s got a better shot at winning the race," the consultant said. "Now it’s her against Blunt, and it’s a Hulshof thing all over again. She would be heavily outspent and she starts down very far in terms of name ID."