Democrats are hoping these two represent Missouri in the U.S. Senate.
“Secretary of State Carnahan is the best candidate for the United States Senate,” said Menendez in a statement. “She has twice been elected to statewide office, and last year she was reelected with the most votes ever for a statewide candidate in Missouri history. She has a proven ability to garner votes across the state including the rural areas."
It stands to reason that Menendez's comment means that Carnahan will receive the support of the DSCC's financial largess. Any other people who were considering jumping in - such as U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis City - are now likely to get frozen out of the fundraising needed to effectively run.
The three major potential Republican contenders for the seat are U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Strafford, former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman and former U.S. Sen. Jim Talent, R-Missouri.
The GOP's response to Carnahan's announcement can be found here.