Roy Blunt-Jason Kander race captures outsiders’ attention

The tightness of the Missouri race for U.S. Senate is drawing the attention of national analysts.

A Mason-Dixon Poll conducted in late July showed incumbent Republican Roy Blunt with a narrow four point edge over Democrat Jason Kander.  Blunt’s lead was within the survey’s margin of error.

The race is close enough that a Republican outside group has spent $2 million to defend Blunt. Nathan Gonzales with the Rothenburg and Gonzales Political Report thinks Democrats won’t pour money into the Missouri contest until the party locks-up close races in other states.  “If they sort of put those races away early, then that could free-up some money to spend in second and third tier opportunities such as Missouri.”

Democrats are eyeing the close Missouri Senate race because they can take control of the chamber with a net gain of four seats now held by Republicans if Hillary Clinton is elected president or five seats if Donald Trump wins.

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