Claire McCaskill

Missouri Senate race not strange this time, just competitive

Four years after a strange campaign kept one Missouri Senate seat in Democratic hands, the party is hoping to capitalize on anti-incumbent sentiment and claim the other.

If 35-year-old Secretary of State Jason Kander upsets Republican Sen. Roy Blunt, it would be a coup for Democrats in a state where Republicans dominate the Legislature and haven't lost a presidential race for two decades. Recent polls show Blunt, 66, a longtime member of Congress, with a slim lead, but it's well within the polling margin of error, making the contest a virtual toss-up.

With Senate control potentially hanging in the balance, a Missouri campaign is a major national focus for the second time...