Rep. Akin wins Republican nomination to take on Sen. McCaskill in Missouri

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) on Tuesday night cast McCaskill in a press release as a foot-soldier for liberal Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and revived talk of a flap over McCaskill's private plane. In 2011, it was discovered that McCaskill was billing taxpayers to cover the cost of a private plane. She returned the money, but Republicans aren't allowing the opportunity to attack her on this front quietly slip away.

"I thought I'd note for you that Air Claire McCaskill is following her marching orders from Democrats' 'messaging guru' New York Senator Chuck Schumer — in the face of a daunting campaign to convince Missouri voters that she has been anything but an ardent supporter of President Obama and his far-left agenda," NRSC Deputy Communications Director Lance Trover said in a statement.

A post-results release from the committee said Missourians "rightfully feel betrayed" by their senator.

Primaries Tuesday were also held in Kansas, Michigan and Washington state. In Michigan, former Rep. Pete Hoekstra defeated tea party favorite Clark Durant in the Republican U.S. Senate primary. Hoekstra now heads into a general election against Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow.

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