JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Republican Congressman Todd Akin is making a three-day trip to nine Missouri cities to talk about his bid for U.S. Senate next year.
Akin has represented a U.S. House district in suburban St. Louis for the past decade. He announced Tuesday he'll seek the GOP nomination next year to challenge incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.
Akin scheduled appearances Wednesday in Cape Girardeau, Springfield and Joplin. On Thursday he visits Kansas City and St. Joseph. The trip ends Friday with stops in Columbia, Kirksville, Hannibal and St. Charles.
Former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman is the only other Republican in the Senate race so far, although St. Louis businessman John Brunner also is considering a run.
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