On Monday, Senate Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, followed Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, in backing Hanaway’s campaign. Richard’s camping cut a $10,000 check to Hanaway’s campaign on Monday, following a similar action by Dempsey earlier this month.
Despite their early support for Hanaway, it is unclear whether she will go unopposed in the primary. State Auditor Tom Schweich, a Republican, has openly mulled his intention to seek the Republican nomination for the post.
Attorney General Chris Koster, a Democrat, is likely to seek the Democratic nomination for the seat and is unlikely to face any primary opposition.