U.S. Vice President rallies support for Senate Republican candidate Josh Hawley in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence stopped in Springfield Monday to support Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley.

Missouri Attorney General Hawley is challenging incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill in a tight battle being closely watched across the country.

Monday's private fundraising event was strictly an invite only affair for about 200 people.

It was a much more intimate event than President Trump's visit just a few weeks ago but the message to voters was the same.

"It is good to be back in the show me state. I'm here for one reason and one reason only. Missouri and America need Josh Hawley in the United States Senate," said Pence.

He touted Josh Hawley's recent accomplishments.

"He's always put Missouri first. He led the biggest raid against human traffickers in the state's history. He sued the biggest drug companies in the country to hold them
accountable in the opioid crisis. Josh Hawley even took on Google to make sure the company is protecting the privacy of the people of Missouri.
He has a record of results as your attorney general. He will bring that same energy to the United States Senate," he said.

Pence voiced what he believes President Trump's administration has achieved.

"I think there's only one way you can describe the last couple years. It's been nearly two years of action. It's been nearly two years of results.
It's been nearly two years of promises made and promises kept and we're just getting started Missouri," said Pence.

Both politicians noted the importance of next month's elections.

Hawley said, "The events, in the last few weeks, in Washington D.C. should make abundantly clear the stakes of this election come November."

"This midterm election is going to be decided by the people who show up. So make a decision right now. I heard Wednesday is the last day to register to vote.
Remember, my fellow Republicans, friends don't let friends vote alone. Find a friend. Make sure they're registered by Wednesday and tell them to get out and vote," said Pence.

They whipped the crowd into a frenzy one last time to drive their message home.

"It's all going to come down to the state of Missouri because this November, this year, the state of Missouri is going to decide control of the United States Senate.
This November, this year, the state of Missouri is going to decide the future direction of this country. That's what we're fighting for," said Hawley.

Pence said,"I know we will make Missouri and America more prosperous than we can possibly imagine. I know that we will make Missouri and America safer than ever before. To borrow a phrase, we will make America great again."

We reached out to Claire McCaskill's campaign for reaction to the vice president's visit in support of her opponent but did not receive a response.