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  Missouri GOP concerned about Blunt
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Last EditedRP  Apr 22, 2009 09:34pm
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News DateWednesday, April 22, 2009 03:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionRep. Roy Blunt’s disappointing first-quarter fundraising performance reflects growing concern within the party that the veteran Missouri Republican may not be the ideal Senate nominee to take on likely Democratic opponent Robin Carnahan, according to Missouri Republicans.

Much of the apprehension among rank-and-file Republicans stems from the former House minority whip’s deep Washington ties and worries about how his record in House GOP leadership will be used against him.

There’s no question that Blunt remains the GOP front-runner. He’s already in full campaign mode, with visits to 19 counties over the past two months, and he can point to an almost fully operational organization. And his time in the leadership has provided him with a nationwide fundraising base.

But the aura of invincibility was deeply damaged last week when his Federal Election Commission report showed him raising just $542,034 during the first three months of the year. That’s about half of what Carnahan hauled in — and well behind the clip set by former Ohio Rep. Rob Portman, another top-tier GOP Senate candidate with close ties to Washington, who raised more than $1.7 million.
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