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Following Primaries, Blunt and Carnahan Focus on Strategy

Fresh off a victory in the primary election for the U.S. Senate seat in Missouri, Roy Blunt made a visit to his hometown of Springfield Wednesday to discuss his strategy for the campaign form now until November. KSMU’s Justin Lux has the story.

As part of a four city tour, Blunt came home to thank those who played a vital role in his win in the primary election. While the victory did come rather easily, Blunt says he sees the win as just a nomination on the road to November.

Many figure Blunt to be a runaway favorite in the southwest Missouri region, but he says he is also unafraid to campaign in areas that are heavily Democratic.

"Well you know our first event in the campaign was at Harris Stowe College in St. Louis. Our victory celebration last night and frankly the kickoff for the campaign for the general were at manufacturing facility in the city of St. Louis," Blunt says.

Blunt will immediately begin campaigning for his showdown in November’s election against Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.

George Connor, the head of the Political Science Department at Missouri State University, says Carnahan will need to focus on winning over some conservative counties, although he doesn’t think that means the Springfield area.

“I anticipate that we’ll see her in southwest Missouri, but I can’t imagine she’ll campaign hard. I think you really have to look at the counties in out-state Missouri that Claire McCaskill won. Where does Robin Carnahan stand a realistic chance of picking up votes? It’s just not in southwest Missouri,” says Connor.

Both Carnahan and Blunt sailed to victories in their respective primaries; Blunt was able to collect more than 70% of the votes, while Carnahan garnered 80%.

For KSMU News, I’m Justin Lux.