With Senate race tied, Blunt and Kander make final frenzied pitch

Missouri has become ground zero for control of the U.S. Senate — home to one of the most competitive contests in the country, and one of the most surprising.

And Missouri candidates Roy Blunt and Jason Kander are making their final pitches to voters across the state.

Republican Sen. Roy Blunt, the incumbent, told voters across southwest Missouri on Saturday that he is the only thing standing between Hillary Clinton and a vastly reshaped Supreme Court, noting that without his re-election, Republicans will not be in the majority.

Just hours before, Democrat Jason Kander, Missouri’s secretary of state, made his own swing through the conservative corner of the state. Kander did not talk about the national implications of Tuesday’s election, focusing instead on his change message and a promise to shake things up in Washington.

Kander has rocketed into the national spotlight with his come-from-behind campaign, powered by his compelling biography and the electorate’s anti-incumbent anger. He has highlighted his military service in Afghanistan and hammered Blunt’s family ties to lobbyists, including his wife and son.

Until early September, every public poll showed Blunt ahead, but the race has now tightened to a dead heat.

Read more: Springfield News-Leader

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