With a little over a week to go before Election Day, a poll of voter preferences in Missouri’s U.S. Senate race indicates incumbent Republican Senator Jim Talent and Democratic challenger Claire McCaskill are deadlocked. The Research 2000 poll, conducted last week for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and television station KMOV, finds 47 percent of those asked said they would vote for Talent if the election were held today. An equal percentage stated a preference for McCaskill. Two percent of those polled back Libertarian Party candidate Frank Gilmour. Progressive Party candidate Lydia Lewis has less than one percent support. Four percent said they were undecided. In the contest to succeed McCaskill as State Auditor, the poll finds 45 percent of those surveyed would support Democrat Susan Montee, while Republican Sandra Thomas gets the backing of 40 percent of those polled. Libertarian Party candidate Charles Baum has two percent support, while one percent expressed a preference for Progressive Party candidate Terry Bunker. 12 percent said they were undecided.
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