Out-of-State Donors Invest in Mo. Senate Race

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – As summer winds down, fund-raising by both Roy Blunt and Jason Kander will ramp up.

University of Missouri – St. Louis political science chair Dave Robertson expects out-of-state money to be spent on the Missouri Senate race, especially from top Republican donors shifting resources away from the presidential campaign.

Donald Trump’s uneasy standing with the Republican party and Hilary Clinton’s threat towards GOP candidates are spurring donors to invest in local politics. Robertson says Republican donors may give an extra push to re-elect Senators like Blunt as a sort of “levee” against a Hillary Clinton presidency, should she be elected.

Robertson says candidates will soon flood local air waves with ads to “First to attack each other, and second to position themselves in a way that is, in some way independent of two candidates who are, at the presidential level, are not terribly popular in this state.”

Robertson says the Blunt versus Kander race is shaping up to be closer than first predicted.

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