Missourians have a choice in two weeks: stay with their current senator or change. Democratic challenger Claire McCaskill counts on voter unrest. McCaskill says she believes Missourians, by a wide margin, want change; that they believe the country is on the wrong track. She says she hopes voters act on that and vote for change November 7th. That change would not only be for Missouri, but could affect politics nationally. Many observers say Missouri is a key state in the Democrat’s strategy to take back the Senate in Washington, D. C. Republicans hold 55 seats currently. Democrats have 44. There is one independent in the Senate. Incumbent Republican Jim Talent wants voters to separate his run for re-election from its national ramifications. Talent says he’s hoping people look at his record and see what he has accomplished that has made a difference for them. For McCaskill, the national significance plays a prominent role. She says voters realize Republicans have control of the White House, the House and the Senate. McCaskill says she believes most Missourians like a little balance, that they like the idea that there can be a different voice, one that provides accountability. Talent says, ultimately, it’s the voters who will decide. He says he’s content to place the decision in the hands of the voters. Talent says the voters have to decide in what direction they want the country to go.
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