In the wake of Sunday’s presidential debate, political activists in both parties privately say they expect more outside money to be spent in Missouri soon on behalf of the contenders for the state’s U.S. Senate seat, Republican Sen. Roy Blunt and his Democratic rival, Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander.
Why? Because of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s latest national surge in the polls.
The Blunt-Kander contest is increasingly seen as possibly a deal-breaker in determining which major party gets control of the U.S. Senate in January. Democrats need to snag at least four additional seats to take over.
The national parties and independent political action committees already have poured millions of dollars into the race on behalf of both candidates. But more aid is expected, because of concern – or glee – over Clinton’s apparent stronger position.
Of Missouri’s statewide contests, the Kander-Blunt race would likely be most affected by the Clinton-Trump battle because the Senate candidates will be listed on the ballot right after the presidential contenders.
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