Blunt, Kander square off in crucial Missouri US Senate race

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — In eight previous elections for federal office, Roy Blunt has never had a close race. He appears to be facing one now.Missouri voters will decide if Tuesday if Blunt, a Republican who was elected seven times to the House before easily winning election to the Senate in 2010, can fend of Democratic challenger Jason Kander.The election is being closely watched nationally since control of the Senate could be at stake. Polls have indicated for months that the race is a virtual toss-up. National senatorial committees for both parties and a wide array of political action committees and other groups have combined to spend millions of dollars on the Missouri race.Kander, Missouri’s 35-year-old secretary of state, has run on the need for a new generation of leadership, often seeking to portray Blunt as a Washington insider with a wife and three children who are lobbyists. The Democrat has also played up his military experience as an Army intelligence officer in Afghanistan, most notably with a TV ad showing him putting together an assault rifle while blindfolded and daring Blunt to do the same.Blunt has campaigned on such core believes as a need for …


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