Steelman to challenge McCaskill in Senate race

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Former Missouri Treasurer Sarah Steelman says she will challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill in 2012.

Steelman announced her candidacy Wednesday by launching a revamped website that now declares "Sarah Steelman for U.S. Senate 2012."

She said in an online message: "I want to do my part in fighting for America's future. That's why I have decided to run for the United States Senate."

Steelman is the first Republican to enter the Senate race, though others are considering, including former U.S. Sen. Jim Talent whom McCaskill narrowly defeated in 2006.