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SEN. JIM TALENT (R)

First elected in 2002; seeking second full term; Talent was nominated with 88 percent in a five-way primary.

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  • Born: Oct. 18, 1956; Des Peres, Mo.
  • Family: Married (Brenda); 3 children.
  • Education: University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1981; Washington University, B.S., 1978.
  • Professional career: Practicing attorney, 1981-92; law clerk, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner, 1982-83.
  • Military career: None.
  • Election history: U.S. House, 1992-2000; state House minority leader, 1989-92; state House, 1984-92.


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CLAIRE MCCASKILL (D)

McCaskill, the state auditor, was nominated with 80 percent in a two-way primary.

  • Born: July 24, 1953; Rolla, Mo.
  • Family: Married (Joseph Shepard); three children; four stepchildren.
  • Education: University of Missouri-Columbia, J.D., 1978, B.A., 1975.
  • Professional career: Jackson County prosecutor, 1993-98; practicing attorney, 1983-92; assistant Jackson County prosecutor, 1978-82; clerk, Missouri Court of Appeals, 1978.
  • Military career: None.
  • Election history: State auditor, 1998-2006; Jackson County legislator, 1990-92; state House, 1982-88.

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