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Blunt, Kander report Q2 fundraising in Missouri Senate race

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.
Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.

Sen. Roy Blunt’s campaign says it raised nearly $1.4 million in the second quarter this year, roughly twice as much as Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, Blunt’s likely 2016 opponent. Kander raised $734,000 and change.

In statements released the day before the second quarter filing deadline, Blunt’s campaign said it has $3.8 million cash on hand. Kander’s campaign has $1.1 million.

Blunt is a Republican. Kander is a Democrat.

Both campaigns have something to crow about. Blunt leads in overall fundraising, but raised less in the second quarter than many other incumbents.

Remember, though, candidate fundraising may be less important than ever. The key spending in Missouri will come from third-party independent groups — if the race is considered competitive.

The campaign statements:

“Missourians from every corner of the state have donated to Jason’s campaign because they want a senator that represents them, not Washington,” said Abe Rakov, Kander’s campaign manager.

“Missourians understand what is at stake in the 2016 election, and the Blunt Brigade is welcoming new members by the hundreds each month as we all combine our talents and resources for this effort,” said campaign manager Andy Blunt.