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Roy Blunt-Jason Kander Senate race in <b>Missouri</b> now among closest in U.S.

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BRANSON MO NEWS: Missouri’s Senate race between Jason Kander and Roy Blunt is now one of the closest in the country, and among the most important.On Tuesday, the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call said Kander, a Democrat, has run the strongest race in the country for a non-incumbent challenger. The report is the latest suggestion the contest has dramatically tightened, focusing the eyes of the political world on the state.“I think the race is dead even or maybe even worse for (Republican) Roy Blunt,” said Nathan Gonzales, editor and publisher of the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report. “Republicans should be concerned about losing the seat.”The New York Times and the National Journal reported earlier this month that internal polls in both parties showed Kander with a slight edge, and some Democrats claim internal polling shows Kander pulling away.But GOP operatives have pushed back over the last week, insisting their internal polls show Blunt with a narrow lead. One consultant told The Star that Blunt led Kander by five points in a poll taken in the middle of the last week. Kander has led in only one public poll in the race.Republicans also point to polling in …


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