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Jason Kander trying to generate momentum as 2015 wanes

Democrat Jason Kander is ending 2015 on an upbeat note, pointing to a new set of rankings from the National Journal Monday as evidence that his campaign is headed the right way.

The NJ’s Hotline ranked the Missouri race as the ninth most likely to flip from one party to the other in 2016. That’s an upward tick of two places, Kander’s office pointed out.

Kander is running against incumbent Republican Roy Blunt.

Said the NJ:

“Among Democrats this year, the Missouri Senate race has evolved from an afterthought to the trendy upset pick of 2016. The change is thanks to Secretary of State Jason Kander, a 34-year-old Army veteran whose fresh face and hawkish foreign policy have put the incumbent Blunt on the defensive.”

The publication goes on to say that Kander remains a long shot because Missouri hasn’t gone Democratic in a presidential race since Bill Clinton in 1996.

“Democrats,” the NJ said, “are hopeful that a strong challenge in a red state will force Republicans to spend real money in a place that should have been a GOP stronghold.”