Washington Post staff
Tuesday, November 2, 2010; 10:04 PM
The Missouri Senate race was called late in the evening on election day. AP reported:
Missouri Republican Rep. Roy Blunt is being promoted to the U.S. Senate. Blunt has defeated Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan to claim the seat being vacated by retiring Republican Sen. Kit Bond.
PostPolitics previewed the Missouri 2010 election:
Democrats had viewed the Senate seat vacated by Republican Sen. Christopher S. Bond as a pickup opportunity, with Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D), daughter of the late Gov. Mel Carnahan, challenging Rep. Roy Blunt (R). He's a former member of Tom DeLay's House leadership team and has raked in campaign cash from lobbyists. But President Obama is deeply unpopular here, and Carnahan has yet to pull within striking distance of Blunt.
Two House Democrats are on the ropes: Reps. Ike Skelton, the veteran Armed Services Committee chairman; and Russ Carnahan, brother of the Senate candidate. Skelton is a 17-term incumbent whose constituents like him, but his 94.7 percent Democratic voting record has given GOP opponent Vicky Hartzler a lethal weapon in the conservative 4th District. And despite whether Carnahan holds on in the working-class 3rd District in suburban St. Louis, the seat could be eliminated in post-2010 redistricting.
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CONTRIBUTORS: The state previews were written and compiled by Washington Post staff writers Chris Cillizza, Dan Balz, Amy Gardner, Shailagh Murray, Paul Kane, Aaron Blake, Felicia Sonmez, Ben Pershing and Perry Bacon Jr. PHOTOGRAPHS: The photographs were taken by The Washington Post, Associated Press, Reuters and Getty Images photographers.