Blunt, the father of former governor Matt Blunt, is ahead of Secretary of State Carnahan by a 48-42 margin. The telephone survey showed that 3 percent prefer another candidate and 7 percent are undecided. Last month, Blunt held a 49-41 advantage over Carnahan, her low mark since she announced her candidacy in February 2009.
In September of last year, both contenders for the seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Kit Bond, attracted 46 percent of the vote.
A bellwether state, Missouri broke its string in 2008 of voting for the winning presidential candidate in every election since 1956. John (no longer a maverick, by his own admission) McCain squeaked out a 50-49 victory over Obama.
Other findings in the Rasmussen poll:
- 59 percent of Missouri voters favor repealing Obama's health care plan, with 36 percent opposed.
-51 percent of the electorate say their personal views are more aligned with the average Tea Party member than the President.
-A meager 6 percent of the voters here rate the current economic conditions as good or excellent, while 54 percent say the economy is in poor shape. 47 percent say things are getting worse, to 27 pecent who believe things are improving.