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In latest reports, Kander raises more, while Blunt spends more

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Excluding the independent spending by outside groups, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jason Kander is still out-raising the man he hopes to defeat, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. But in one of the nation’s most closely watched Senate contests, Blunt is the bigger spender as the duo head into their final weeks before the Nov. 8 election.

The latest campaign finance reports – made public by both contenders a few days early – show that Kander has collected just over $3 million since July.  That compares to close to $1.9 million for Blunt.

Both men also are counting on help from their respective state parties, who have money in their “federal’’ accounts that are designed to be spent to help congressional candidates. Blunt’s campaign says the state GOP “has raised over $1 million this quarter.”

Kander’s spokeswoman says the state Democratic Party has about $750,000 in a similar account.

The parties’ money could not be documented, since their reports are not due until Saturday.

Blunt and Kander’s reports also are not due until Saturday, but both campaigns provided St. Louis Public Radio with advanced copies of their summary sheets to verify their finances.

Blunt enters the final weeks of the campaign with more in the bank. He is reporting almost $4.1 million on hand, compared $3.5 million for Kander.

But Blunt is spending at a faster pace. Since July, his reports show he has spent about $4.5 million, compared to $3.4 million for Kander.


Since their campaigns' began, Blunt reports raising $14.6 million and spending $11.2 million. Kander, who announced about 18 months ago, has raised $9.3 million and has spent $5.84 million.

Both men have been getting help from outside groups who have been running independent ad campaigns – most of them blasting Blunt or Kander.

On Tuesday, two progressive groups – VoteVets and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) — announced they were launching a joint $1.5 million ad campaign that attacks Blunt and lauds Kander.

Meanwhile, the Missouri arm of the conservative Americans for Prosperity says it has been circulating tens of thousands of fliers on Blunt’s behalf.

Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.