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In Missouri, Donald Trump turns a sleeper Senate race into a toss-up — with a message that helps Democrats

In Missouri, Donald Trump turns a sleeper Senate race into a toss-up — with a message that helps Democrats

As control of the U.S. Senate comes down to a handful of states, Democrats are benefiting from an unlikely ally in one of the closest races in the country: Donald Trump.

Six years ago, Republican Roy Blunt was easily elected in Missouri, fending off charges he’d gone native and forgotten the folks back home after more than a decade on Capitol Hill.

Now, facing the very same accusation, Blunt is in serious jeopardy, thanks in good part to the GOP’s presidential nominee, whose take-a-torch-to-Washington message is keyed perfectly to the pitch of Democrat Jason Kander.

The youthful Army veteran, a relative newcomer to politics, portrays Blunt as the living...

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