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Blunt continues to outraise Kander, but the gap is closing

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander and U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt are the front runners for the Democratic and Republican nominations in the next Senate race.
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U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt has outraised his Democratic rival, Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, according to the latest campaign-finance reports due later this week. But the gap in their bank accounts is closing.

Copies of their official summary sheets due Friday — but made available early to St. Louis Public Radio — show that Blunt collected $2.3 million during the last three months, compared to $1.75 million for Kander.

Blunt, a Republican, now has an edge of a little less than two-to-one in their overall bank accounts.  Blunt has close to $7 million in the bank, compared to almost $4 million for Kander.

But that's closer -- percentage-wise -- than their earlier reports. In January, for example, Blunt reported $5 million in the bank, compared to only $2.1 million for Kander.

Part of the reason is that Blunt, in office since 2011, is spending more. During the past three months, for example, his campaign spent almost $1.04 million, compared to $734,408 for Kander.

Neither man has a serious primary challenger, so both are focusing on the Nov. 8 general election.

The Missouri contest for the U.S. Senate is among the top political battles in the country, and could determine which party gains control of that chamber in January.

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