(CNN) - Republican Rep. Roy Blunt has won the Missouri Senate seat left vacated by retiring Republican Sen. Kit Bond, CNN projects. Blunt defeated Democrat Robin Carnahan, the secretary of state with a family history in Missouri politics. Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data.
(CNN) - Rep. Roy Blunt holds a double digit lead over Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan in the state's Senate battle, according to a new poll.
A CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday indicates that 53 percent of likely voters support the seven term Republican congressman, with four in ten backing Carnahan, the Democrat's nominee, in a fight between two of Missouri's leading political dynasties.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/28/art.carnahan.0427.carnahan.jpg caption ="Fox News has sued the campaign of Missouri Senate candidate Robin Carnahan."]Washington (CNN) - Fox News has sued the Senate campaign of Democrat Robin Carnahan in Missouri, claiming improper use of an interview by the cable channel with her opponent Roy Blunt for a "smear ad."
The 2006 interview with Fox's Chris Wallace was used in a recent Carnahan ad, implying the journalist was supporting Blunt – a Republican congressman. The lawsuit says Wallace, as host of "Fox News Sunday," had asked Blunt about the congressman's efforts to become a permanent House Majority Leader. He served in that post in an interim fashion from 2005-06.
In a lawsuit filed in Kansas City Thursday, Fox News claims copyright infringement and invasion of Wallace's privacy. In a 14-page filing, the Democrat's campaign was accused of violating "FNC's valuable and proprietary creative expression" by using the news clip without permission. "The Carnahan ad is designed to make it appear as if Wallace- a trusted journalist- is instead speaking as a campaign operative," said the complaint.
Read the lawsuit here
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/26/art.blunt.carnahan.2shot.0726.gi.jpg caption ="A new poll shows Republican Rep. Roy Blunt (left) leading Democrat Robin Carnahan by six points in the battle for Missouri’s open Senate seat."](CNN) - A new poll in Missouri provides more evidence that President Barack Obama and his administration's agenda are hurting more than helping Democratic candidates running in moderate to conservative states in this year's midterm elections.
The president's approval rating stands at 34 percent in Missouri, according to a new Mason-Dixon survey conducted for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and KMOV-TV, with 57 percent saying they disapprove of the job Obama's doing in the White House.
The poll, released over the weekend, also indicates that in the battle for Missouri's vacant Senate seat, seven-term Republican Rep. Roy Blunt leads Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan 48 percent to 42 percent, with one in ten likely voters undecided.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/28/art.carnahan.0427.carnahan.jpg caption=" Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, the Democrat’s Senate candidate, will appear with President Obama in Missouri on Wednesday."](CNN) - This time the candidate will appear at the president's event.
Last month Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, who's also the Democrat's senate candidate, didn't team up with Obama when the president was in her state for a speech on health care reform and a political fundraiser. Instead, Carnahan was in the nation's capitol.
Republicans pounced on Carnahan. Their claim: Carnahan was trying to keep her distance from the White House in what's shaping up to be a tough election year for Democrats.
Democrats dismissed that charge and said it was a scheduling conflict. Her campaign said she was attending to official state business as part of her job as secretary of state.
Wednesday Carnahan is scheduled to be with Obama when the president tours an ethanol plan in Macon, Missouri, as part of his "White House to Main Street" tour.