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National money, local action may be crucial in Missouri’s US Senate race



For months, national attention and funds have been pouring into Missouri’s U.S. Senate race to aid or attack Jason Kander, Missouri’s secretary of state and the Democratic candidate, or Sen. Roy Blunt, the Republican incumbent.

All that national attention underscores the importance that both parties are placing on the Missouri contest, seen as among the most competitive Senate races in the country. The outcome in Missouri could determine whether the GOP holds onto the U.S. Senate, or the Democrats snatch it back.

Dave Robertson, head of the political science department at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, says more outside money has been flowing into Missouri in recent weeks, in part, because recent polls indicate that the U.S. Senate race is neck and neck.

But for either side, it’s the local efforts that will count. Kander and Blunt know that in a state whose electorate is close to 50-50, statewide, victory depends on their success in attracting votes in key local areas.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio

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