Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has been elected to Missouri's U.S. Senate seat after Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo) conceded.
According to The Associated Press, Hawley won with 51.5 percent of the votes, or 1,245,732, to McCaskill who won 45.5 percent of the votes, or 1,101,377.
Hawley’s win leaves Missouri with two Republicans in the Senate along with Sen. Roy Blunt.
During his victory speech, Hawley thanked McCaskill for her service to Missouri. McCaskill first won the Senate seat in 2006 and held it until this election.
"The people of Missouri allowed me, beginning when I was 28-years-old, to serve the public, to be a public servant,” McCaskill said during her concession speech. “For decades I have been blessed to get up every day and work in a challenging and interesting job trying to make things better in people lives. It has been such an honor.”
Hawley had strong support from President Donald Trump and said his backing helped him earn his win.
“Thank you, Mr. President, for your leadership,” Hawley said in his victory speech. “Thank you for believing in Missouri. The people of Missouri have delivered.”
Hawley said during his speech that he plans to support Missouri and embody the values of the state.
“What the people of Missouri said tonight is they want a Senator who actually stands with the people of Missouri, who represents our values, who represents our voice and will fight for us in Washington, and I will," Hawley said.
Freshman Benjamin Hayen said he was excited about Hawley’s election and thinks he can be really beneficial to Missouri.
“I was watching the election and I saw that Josh Hawley had won, and I was really excited to kind of get a new face in Congress and see what he can do,” Hayen said. “I think he can do some really great things.”
In his campaign, Hawley called for a lot of changes including supporting stricter pro-life laws, the abolishment of the Affordable Care Act and stronger gun control background checks.
Senior Paige Moriarty and vice president of Young Democrats said she did not think he was the best choice for Missouri.
“His biggest impact, I believe, will be with health care policies, not just for Missouri but for the country,” Moriarty said. “Josh Hawley says that he supports health care for those with pre-existing conditions, but he is in the midst of a lawsuit that shows otherwise. Voters chose to believe what he said on the campaign trail rather than to look at where his policies actually stand, and I think Missourians will see the effects of that over the next six years.”
Senior Murron Paeth said she has a lot of concerns regarding the policies Hawley supports.
“I’m really worried about what this means for women,” Paeth said. “He wants to defund Planned Parenthood, despite all the medical care they provide to people with terrible or no health insurance. He has backward ideas on what being a woman means, especially in terms of sexual liberation. I also worry about the repealing of ObamaCare. While I don’t think it’s the most perfect healthcare plan in the world, it was a step in the right direction, especially for those who have preexisting conditions.”
Senior and President of Alpha Gamma Rho Caleb Robertson said he was pleased with Hawley’s win and his dedication to Missourians.
“I have had the pleasure of hearing Josh Hawley speak on a variety of occasions, even before he was a candidate for the office of governor,” Robertson. “He has always been passionate, energetic and dedicated to the people of Missouri. Alpha Gamma Rho is known for being an agricultural fraternity, so it pleases me to know that we have someone in office who will work for the farmers and ranchers of our great state, and not settle for the status quo. I look forward to seeing what he has planned.”
Hawley said he will continue to work closely with Missouri voters and represent them in Washington, D.C.
"You can expect me to be with the people of my state, the voters of my state, defending the interest of my state. Every single time," Hawley said.