Excluding independent spending by outside groups, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jason Kander is still out-raising the man he hopes to defeat, Republican U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, in the race for one of Missouri’s Senate seats. But in one of the nation’s most closely watched Senate contests, Blunt is the biggest spender as the candidates head into their final weeks before the Nov. 8 election.
The latest campaign finance reports – made public by both contenders a few days early – show that Kander has collected just more than $3 million since July. That compares to close to $1.9 million for Blunt.
Blunt enters the final weeks of the campaign with more in the bank. He is reporting almost $4.1 million on hand, compared $3.5 million for Kander.
But Blunt is spending at a faster pace. Since July, his reports show he has spent about $4.5 million, compared to $3.4 million for Kander.
A new Monmouth University poll released Tuesday gave Blunt a narrow advantage in a race that is within the margin of error.