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Wagner hauls in $478,000, waits for opponent

Wagner hauls in $478,000, waits for opponent

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Ann Wagner

Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, sits among volunteers for her campaign on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, just days before she won re-election. Photo by Johanna Huckeba,

JEFFERSON CITY — Although she doesn’t yet have a Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner raised more than $478,000 in the latest fundraising quarter.

According to Federal Election Commission reports, the Ballwin Republican ended the three-month period on Sept. 30 with nearly $2.2 million in her account heading into the 2020 election season.

That’s up from the roughly $1.4 million she reported in April when she was anticipating a rematch in the suburban district with Democrat Cort Van Ostran.

But, Van Ostran is not running again and Democrats have not yet fielded a challenger in the potential swing district. A spokeswoman for the party said Wednesday that a “top notch candidate” is being recruited.

Wagner had surfaced as a potential candidate to challenge former U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, in the 2018 election, but opted instead to seek re-election to the seat she has held since 2013.

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