Jason Kander

Blunt Wins Re-Election in Missouri Senate Race
The state was a surprise Senate battleground

Blunt wins a second term in the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Roy Blunt will defeat Democrat Jason Kander in the Missouri Senate race, The Associated Press projects. The race was one of the surprise Senate battlegrounds of the 2016 cycle.

Blunt led Kander 50 — 45 percent, with 90 percent of precincts reporting. Coming into Election Day, the race was rated Tossup by the Rothenberg & Gonzalez Political Report/Roll Call.

The Surprise Senate Race: How Missouri Became a Key Battleground
Jason Kander's success and Roy Blunt's struggles turned contest into one neither party is confident they'll win

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander's Army background and straight-talking style made him the perfect Democratic challenger to incumbent Republican Sen. Roy Blunt in the Show-Me State, GOP operatives say. (Courtesy Kander for Missouri Facebook page)

Last year, long before even most Democrats thought he could win, Jason Kander explained why he deserved to unseat Republican Sen. Roy Blunt. His message, delivered in a succinct video announcing his campaign, was blunt and personal.

“We can’t change Washington if we don’t change the people we send there,” the Missouri Democrat said, looking directly into the camera.

Ratings Change: Two More Senate Races Move to Tossup
Missouri, Indiana are two of six states that will decide Senate control

Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt has been on a steep slide in his race against Democratic Secretary of State Jason Kander in the Show Me State. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

With three weeks to go before Election Day, the fight for control of the Senate is coming down to six states hosting very close contests.

New Hampshire, Nevada, and Pennsylvania have been tossup races for months and are now joined by Missouri and Indiana. Republican Sen. Richard M. Burr’s re-election race in North Carolina is rated as Tilts Republican for now, but may end up in the same category.

The Senate: How the Challengers Rank
A new No. 1 rises thanks to his unexpected strength in a Republican state

Democrats are counting on Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander to win his Senate race against Sen. Roy Blunt. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

How bad can it get for the GOP?

That’s the question party strategists are asking themselves this week after the revelation last Friday of a video in which Donald Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women. Already, former Trump supporters like Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Rob Portman of Ohio, and Rep. Joe Heck of Nevada have decided to no longer back their own party’s presidential nominee. Other Republicans may not be far behind. 

Ratings Changes in 5 Senate Races
North Carolina and Missouri replace Ohio and Florida on competitive map

Two of the Republicans’ most vulnerable Senate seats are looking safer by the day, but the GOP’s majority is still in significant doubt with evolving Democratic takeover targets in North Carolina and Missouri.

Democrats outside of Ohio have all but ceded a second term to GOP Sen. Rob Portman. We’re changing The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call rating from Leans Republican to Republican Favored

Blunt and Kander to Have First Debate
Senate race in Missouri has become more competitive

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander is giving Sen. Roy Blunt a competitive race. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt will face his Democratic opponent, Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, in their first debate Friday.

The debate will likely be the only one between the Republican incumbent and his insurgent challenger, the Springfield News-Leader reported.

Democratic Group Slams Blunt for 9/11 Bill Tobacco Provision
Ad charges he acted at the behest of the tobacco industry

A new ad in the Missouri Senate race alleges that Sen. Roy Blunt inserted a tobacco-backed provision into the bill that created the Department of Homeland Security after 9/11. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Democratic outside group and a prominent labor union have launched a $1.3 million ad buy accusing Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of using a bill after 9/11 to help donors and lobbyists.

The ad, released Thursday by Majority Forward and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, says that at the behest of tobacco companies, Blunt tried to add a provision to prevent the smuggling of contraband cigarettes into the bill that created the Department of Homeland Security in 2002.

Roger Wicker Waxes Optimistic About the Election
NRSC chairman says Senate races are going better than expected for GOP

Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker is sure to receive credit if the Republicans maintain control of the Senate this November. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The pressures of a blue state-heavy map, Donald Trump’s unconventional campaign, and “40 zillion” phone calls might have driven Roger Wicker to do something he hasn’t done since the 1970s.

Eat some Nutter Butters.

Jason Kander's Ad Seen 'Round the Country: Will It Work?
'Background Checks' has nearly a million views, provoking GOP response ads

Missouri Democrat Jason Kander's recent ad has provoked response ads from Sen. Roy Blunt and the NRA. (Screenshot)

Back in July, Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander stood in an old Kansas City automotive factory behind a table foraged from a local thrift store.

It was the setting for the ad, "Background Checks," in which the Democratic Senate nominee assembles a rifle blindfolded. Released last week, the spot has been viewed more than 900,000 times and has been heralded as one of the best campaign ads of the cycle.