Poll: Blunt takes lead in MO Senate race
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Polling data released yesterday by Rasmussen Reports indicates that the race for the U.S. Senate is really heating up.
Previous polls had shown Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat, with a comfortable lead. Congressman Roy Blunt (R-MO) had been behind, but yesterday’s poll shows him leading by six points.
Many believe that Democrats across the nation are in trouble because of Tuesday’s special election in
Massachusetts where Republican Scott Brown claimed a senate seat long held by the late Ted Kennedy. Analysts, and President Obama himself, believe Brown was able to defeat opponent Martha Coakley because of the Democrat’s mishandling of healthcare reform.
Carnahan and Blunt both support some type of healthcare reform, but the popular backlash against the congressional plans sponsored by House and Senate Democrats has had a positive impact for Republicans. This is probably the source of Blunt’s jump in the polls.
Though she did not directly endorse it, Carnahan issued a statement of support for the congressional healthcare plan in December, saying:
Missourians need health care reform that provides accessible, affordable and stable health care for our families and small businesses. For too long, big insurance companies have been raking in profits while the rest of us are left holding the bag.
She also attacked proposals put forward by Blunt, saying they would increase insurance premiums and leave many Missourians uninsured. Blunt denies this claim.
Though Democrats are nervous, President Obama has shifted his attention to the economy.
Today, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) went on the offensive against several Republican candidates, saying that people like Congressman Blunt may “pretend to be a friend of the taxpayer, but they oppose and in many cases, obstruct, all the common-sense, pragmatic steps Democrats are taking to protect consumers and improve the economy.”
Despite the fact that Blunt’s name is well recognized throughout
Missouri, he’s not part of a political dynasty.
On the other hand, Robin Carnahan’s name carries with it, a lot of weight. Her family is extremely popular in
Missouri politics, and this true political dynasty has a long standing record of civic service. Her grandfather was a congressman and ambassador. Her father was governor of
Missouri. Even though he died, Mel Carnahan still won an election to the U.S. Senate. Her mother then took over as U.S. Senator. And her brother is a congressman from
What’s more is that the same poll that has Carnahan trailing behind Blunt, also shows her as being viewed more favorably than her opponent. This could be a bad sign for Blunt if one also considers the fact that Carnahan received more votes in 2008 than any candidate for statewide office has ever recieved in the history of
State Senator Chuck Purgason is also running, and is challenging Blunt for the Republican nomination.
For more info about the candidates: Robin Carnahan, Roy Blunt, Chuck Purgason.