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Secretary of State Kander pondering U.S. Senate run in Missouri

Jason Kander
Jason Kander

A source close to Jason Kander said Friday that the Missouri secretary of state is considering a race for the U.S. Senate in 2016 and that he’ll decide by this summer.

Kander, a 33-year-old Democrat, would face an uphill fight in trying to unseat Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt.

Kander, who once represented Kansas City in the Missouri House, narrowly won his first statewide election in 2012 when Democrats generally performed poorly.

That win, as the state’s chief elections officer and record keeper, put him in a position that typically provides a high profile with little controversy. It can be a stepping stone to higher office, particularly for someone like Kander marked by insiders as a rising star in the party. Kander is the youngest elected statewide official in the country. He is a former captain in the U.S. Army who served in Afghanistan.

But even if Kander won the Democratic nomination, he’d find himself in a highly partisan race in a state that has increasingly favored Republicans.

Steve Kraske, skraske@kcstar.com

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