By: Carl Wicklander
"Among the more closely watched U.S. Senate races this year will be in Missouri. First-term incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill narrowly won her first term in 2006 and faces no intraparty challenger in 2012. In Washington McCaskill has supported two of the more controversial bills of the Obama administration: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act, respectively known as the 'stimulus' and 'ObamaCare.'
"Businessman John Brunner, former CEO of Vi-Jon personal care products whose most well-known product is Germ-X hand sanitizer, is perhaps the most intriguing candidate because he has never before sought office. In a [Republican primary] where the establishment vote is split between two old hands Brunner has been able to capitalize as the outsider."
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