The race between Republican Congressman Roy Blunt and Democrat Robin Carnahan in Missouriâ€™s U.S. Senate race is little changed after both candidates easily won their party primaries last week.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Missouri Voters shows Blunt with 50% support, while Carnahan earns 43% of the vote.
Two weeks ago, Blunt posted a 49% to 43% lead over Carnahan, Missouriâ€™s current secretary of state. Blunt has run slightly ahead of Carnahan in surveys all year, with support ranging from 45% to 50%. She, in turn, has picked up 41% to 45% of the vote in those same surveys.
Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate in the race, and four percent (4%) are undecided.
Missouri remains a state that Leans GOP in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Senate Balance of Power rankings. At stake is a seat held by retiring Republican Senator Christopher â€œKitâ€ Bond.
Both candidates earn high levels of support from voters in their own party. Voters not affiliated with either of the major parties favor the Republican by nearly 20 points.
Missouri last Tuesday was the first state where voters got a chance to have a direct say on the new national health care law, and they overwhelmingly voted to reject the lawâ€™s provision that all residents of the state must buy or obtain health insurance. The constitutionality of that provision is being challenged in court by a number of states.
Thirty-eight percent (38%) of Missouri voters favor the health insurance requirement, while 61% oppose it. Nationally, 54% of voters oppose the requirement. In Missouri, as with the health insurance law itself, the passionâ€™s on the side of the opponents: the overall findings include 24% who Strongly Favor the requirement for individuals to buy or obtain insurance, but 51% Strongly Oppose it.
Ninety-three percent (93%) of voters who Strongly Favor the requirement support Carnahan. Eighty-three percent (83%) of those who Strongly Oppose it back Blunt.
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