Rоу Blunt Fights Off Tоugh Challenge Tо Win Missоuri Senate Race

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Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri entering his campaign office in Valley Park on Monday.

Jeff Roberson/Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Senator Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri, staved off an unexpectedly strong challenge on Tuesday from Jason Kander, Missouri’s secretary of state, to hold a seat Republicans had counted on to help maintain their Senate majority.

Missouri was not expected to be one of the prime battlegrounds in the fight for control of the Senate. But Mr. Blunt, 66, had to fend off accusations that he was the very type of Washington insider that his party’s presidential nominee, Donald J. Trump, built his campaign against. And although Missouri has been a reliably red state in recent years, Mr. Blunt’s support of Mr. Trump also turned off some of the moderate voters who had traditionally backed him.

Mr. Blunt also had to confront a candidate as well positioned as a Democrat can be in a right-leaning state like Missouri. Mr. Kander is a military veteran who was viewed as a long shot when he announced his candidacy last year. But he surged in the polls after releasing an ad in which he put together an assault rifle while wearing a blindfold, trumpeting his support for a background check law and taunting his opponent over who really knew their way around firearms in this gun-loving state.

Mr. Kander hammered Mr. Blunt as out of touch with his home state and in it for himself, highlighting that the senator’s wife and children were lobbyists. Mr. Blunt, for his part, painted Mr. Kander as a shill for President Obama and Hillary Clinton, who are very unpopular in the state.


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