Independence, MO — Lucas Kunce has earned the endorsement of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). AFGE represents thousands of workers in Missouri and hundreds of thousands nationwide who serve our nation’s veterans, protect …
Lucas Kunce: “In Josh Hawley’s first election since leading the charge to overturn Roe, making Missouri the first state in the nation to enact an extreme no-exception abortion ban, and exposing a Hawley family business focused on banning abortion nationwide, he’s going to see what voters think about Big Brother politicians.”
In the fourth quarter of 2023, Lucas Kunce raised $1.54 million, bringing his 2023 total to a whopping $5.4 million raised for his campaign to defeat Josh Hawley, the most unpopular Republican incumbent running for reelection in 2024. It’s the largest off-year haul for a U.S. Senate challenger in Missouri history.
“There’s only one person in this race who will actually fight to overturn the disastrous Citizens United decision and put Washington back on the side of working Missourians and that’s Lucas Kunce,” said Tiffany Muller, President of ECU // LAV. “Josh Hawley is nothing but a fraud who talks a big game on taking on money in politics in Missouri but always sides with corporations and the corrupt special interests back in Washington.
Multiple public polls — including one from Morning Consult released last month — show Hawley has the lowest approval of any Republican senator running for reelection in 2024, lower than Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rick Scott of Florida. And even his mentor, Missouri’s former U.S. Sen. John Danforth, has called backing Hawley the “worst mistake I ever made.” Now up for reelection in 2024, Hawley faces Kunce, a Marine veteran and leading antitrust advocate who’s broken fundraising records, rallied Missouri’s election-winning labor movement behind him and built a reputation as a different kind of Democrat who speaks truth to power, regardless of party. And polls already show a tightening race.
“The numbers across polling of this race are starting to tell a similar story. Despite having near universal name ID, Josh Hawley remains in the mid-40s, falling far short of the critical 50% threshold we’d expect to see from an incumbent in a redder state. Meanwhile, Lucas Kunce, a Marine veteran who grew up like everyday Missourians, is clearly starting to resonate with Missouri voters. He’s got a real shot at winning this race in 2024.”
Kunce’s massive Q3 haul also keeps him ahead of Hawley for the cycle. Lucas has raised more than any Senate challenger in Missouri history for the first nine months of an election cycle. Independence, MO …
Over 14,000 healthcare providers, higher education faculty, janitors, nursing home workers, first responders, and social service workers united in the SEIU Missouri/Kansas State Council announced their endorsement of Lucas Kunce for U.S. Senate. They join the Missouri AFL-CIO, the Missouri Fire Fighters, the Missouri Machinists, UFCW Local 655, The St. Louis and Kansas City Building Trades Councils, and dozens more labor organizations across Missouri.
“There’s a stark difference between staging a photo op with unions when our approval numbers are high, on the one hand, and taking real votes in the Senate to fight for us on the other… We do our job. Josh Hawley isn’t doing his… We know [Hawley]’s only changed his tune because of polling and the fact that he’s up for re-election next year… I know a fraud when I see one.”