Missouri Results Set Up Battle Between Pro-Life Blunt, Pro-Abortion Carnahan

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 4, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Missouri Results Set Up Battle Between Pro-Life Blunt, Pro-Abortion Carnahan

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
August 4
, 2010

Jefferson City, MO (LifeNews.com) — Missouri voters will now have a chance to participate in one of the most hotly contested battles pitting a clear pro-life advocate versus an abortion proponent for the U.S. Senate. They’ll get a chance in November to choose between Roy Blunt and Robin Carnahan this November.

Blunt has already received the support of pro-life groups like Missouri Right to Life and Susan B. Anthony List

He will face EMILY’s List-endorsed candidate and vocal abortion supporter Carnahan, who has compiled a strongly pro-abortion record in Missouri politics.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the SBA List, talked about the upcoming contest.

“Roy Blunt has proven to possess the pro-life leadership that is so greatly needed in the U.S. Senate," she said. "This race will be a hard-fought battle for the life issue in the upcoming election."

"Now more than ever, we need unwavering pro-life leadership like Roy Blunt’s. His commitment to repealing abortion funding in the health care law and in every aspect of federal spending is urgently needed in the coming Congress," she said.

“The SBA List is proud to support Roy Blunt in the Missouri U.S. Senate race. Ironically, he represents women’s real views and needs on the issue of abortion far better than does his female opponent,” Dannenfelser added.

Blunt has enjoyed a lead in the polls since March and the latest one coming in late July from Rasmussen Reports had him with a six percent edge, leading 49-43 percent.

The new telephone survey of likely voters in the state shows Blunt earning 49% support, his best showing since March, while Carnahan picks up 43% of the vote. Four percent (4%) like another candidate in the race, and four percent (4%) more are undecided.
Carnahan is one of the few Democrats nationally that President Obama has campaigned for, and Blunt has begun airing ads in the state that highlight Obama’s appearance with her earlier this month. Just after that appearance, the race closed to a virtual tie, with Blunt ahead 47% to 45%.

But the new numbers are consistent with how the race has run all year. Blunt has held a modest lead, earning 45% to 50% in surveys since January. Carnahan, now serving as Missouri’s Secretary of State, has captured 41% to 45% of the vote in those same surveys.

Both candidates earn equally strong support from members of their own party, but Blunt holds a 25-point lead among voters not affiliated with either the Democrats or the Republicans.

Sixty-nine percent (69%) of all Missouri voters view Blunt as a conservative, while 54% say Carnahan is a liberal. Forty-seven percent (47%) regard the Republican as in the mainstream. Thirty-three percent (33%) say his views are extreme. Forty-three percent (43%) say Carnahan’s views are mainstream, but nearly as many (39%) brand them as extreme.


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