The TV and radio ads are bare-knuckle, no-holds-barred and the race for governor is very close. Will the outcome of the presidential race determine the winner between McCaskill and Blunt… or will the Missouri race have more impact on the national race?
For many voters, TV ads provide the only contact with the candidate. Can we rely on those ads? And are they any worse this year than in years past?
Nancy Farmer is fighting an uphill battle in her campaign for the U.S. Senate. She started running TV ads late because she fell short in her fund-raising. Many voters don’t know who Nancy Farmer is and she must introduce herself in a very short period of time.
Bush and Kerry haave met for the first of three debates and the second one will be held at Washington University in St. Louis. Debates are important because they can energize base supporters and swing some undecided voters in a close race. The second debate is likely to have even great impact in Missouri because of the location.
Is Missouri still a “battleground” state in the presidential campaign? Can Kerry-Edwards make up a 7 point deficit in the polls? Are Missouri voters starting to lean toward the Republican Party? This week on Campaign Watch.
The Lt. Governor’s race usually takes a back seat to other statewide races… but maybe not this year. Peter Kinder is running against Bekki Cook whose strong primary victory surprised a lot of people.
The race for Secretary of State pits Catherine Hanaway against Robin Carnahan, “two of the most high profile, take-no-prisoners women in state politics.”
This week our Campaign Watch-ers look at the race for state treasurer where both candidates emerged from crowded primaries. And just how important is Missouri to the presidential candidates?
Missouri Attorney Jay Nixon is running for his fourth term this year and our Campaign Watch-ers examine why he’s been so successful as AG while failing in two runs for the US Senate. The creation of Missouri’s No Call List –the model for the national list– has made Nixon one of the most popular politicians in the state. His political future may depend on the outcome of the November election. Should Claire McCaskill win, Nixon takes a secondary role. If she loses, party leadership shifts to Nixon. His opponent, Chris Byrd, is something of an unknown –and long shot– without hugh war chest or name recognition. Missouri’s GOP focusing on other races.
State Treasurer Nancy Farmer is challenging Senator Christopher Bond’s bid for a fourth term. Farmer is good at being the underdog and Bond isn’t bashful about his rep at the “pork barrel king.” But the race is likely to be overshadowed by the high-profile race for governor.