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Sen. Roy Blunt barrrrely tops Jason Kander in new 2016 U.S. Senate poll

From day one, incumbent Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt has stood tall as the favorite to win re-election in 2016.

But now a new poll shows that the race appears to be tightening. It’s a development that should bolster hopes that Democrat Jason Kander can wage a competitive race and maybe even pull off an upset.

Public Policy Polling, a Democratic pollster, on Tuesday showed the race at 40-35 percent for Blunt with 25 percent undecided.

The same survey showed Blunt with a 30 percent approval rating and a 47 percent disapproval. Those aren’t good numbers.

Kander’s numbers were hardly better. He stood at 14 percent approve, 21 percent disapprove while a whopping 64 percent didn’t know who the Missouri secretary of state was.

The same survey showed Democrat Chris Koster defeating each of the 2016 Republican candidates for governor — save one, and that was three-term Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder who led Koster in the early sounding by 40-37 percent.

Asked about President Barack Obama’s standing, just 36 percent of Missourians approved of the job he is doing while 59 percent disapproved.

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