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Blunt surges ahead of Carnahan in new poll

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There is good news for Missouri Republicans in a new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in Missouri’s U.S. Senate race.

The poll gives Republican Roy Blunt a 49 percent to 43 percent lead over Democrat Robin Carnahan. Three percent of those surveyed prefer some other candidate, with five percent undecided. This represents a big shift since last month’s Rasmussen Reports survey on this race. It had Blunt and Carnahan in a statistical tie with Carnahan ahead slightly at 46-44 percent. September’s Rasmussen Reports survey had the two tied at 46 percent.

Rasmussen points to opposition to the federal health care overhaul legislation as a key reason for the shift:

“As it has for other Democrats throughout the nation, the health care issue appears to be creating challenges for Carnahan. Just 37% of Missouri voters favor the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats, but 62% oppose it.”

While Carnahan has all but been assured the Democratic nomination, Blunt faces a GOP Primary challenge from State Senator Chuck Purgason of Caulfield.

Steve Walsh

Written by learfield

January 21, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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