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  KC’s Kander now secretary of state, and maybe on the rise
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Last EditedRBH  Nov 10, 2012 01:15am
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News DateFriday, November 9, 2012 07:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionJason Kander stepped onto the statewide political stage last year a virtual unknown outside Kansas City.

Some 90,000 miles on the campaign trail and $1.6 million raised from thousands of donors later, he squeaked out a narrow statewide victory this week to become Missouri's next secretary of state.

In doing so, the 31-year old Democrat also became something else: A rising star in Show Me State politics and a potential power broker in Kansas City.

"He's definitely on a rocket ship," said veteran Republican campaign strategist Jeff Roe. "He managed to go from a small, urban seat in the legislature to an important statewide office during a tough election year. There are a lot of threats on the Democratic ticket, but I think he's at or near the top."
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