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<img src=http://www.kwmu.org/pic/speakersm.gif border=0> Stem cell question shapes Missouri Senate race

By Julie Rovner, NPR

Washington, DC – A ballot initiative on stem-cell research is dividing Republicans in Missouri, and shaking up the U.S. Senate race between GOP Sen. Jim Talent and Democratic State Auditor Claire McCaskill.

To hear a story from NPRs Julie Rovner, which aired on Friday's Morning Edition, click here.


New campaign reports were due, and they show that McCaskill raised more money than Republican Senator Jim Talent in the first half of October. But McCaskill also took out a $500,000 loan to help her campaign buy more TV ads.

The report shows she raised about $1.9 million this month; Talent raised nearly $600,000 over the same period.

Throughout the entire campaign, though, Talent has raised more than $13 million, while McCaskill has raised more than $9 million.

A McCaskill spokeswoman says the money borrowed was against the equity on the Democrat's home, and the loan is expected to be repaid by Election Day.