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‘Obama-Claire Gave Us Obama-Care.’


Crossroads GPS will be spending $516,000 to air this ad in Missouri spotlighting the voting record of Sen. Claire McCaskill:

The focus on Obamacare in Missouri probably reflects the fact that the “Show Me” State has a particularly strong disdain for the legislation:

The political revolt against ObamaCare came to Missouri Tuesday, with voters casting ballots three to one against the plan in its first direct referendum. This is another resounding health-care rebuke to the White House and Democrats, not that overwhelming public opposition to this expansion of government power ever deterred them before.

Missouri’s Proposition C annulled the “individual mandate” within state lines, or the requirement that everyone buy insurance or else pay a tax. Liberals are trying to wave off this embarrassment, but that is hard to do when the split was 71.1% in favor in a state John McCain won by a mere 0.1% margin. The anti-ObamaCare measure carried every county save St. Louis and Kansas City with 668,000 votes, yet just 578,000 Republicans cast a ballot in the concurrent primaries.

The race is looking tight, both for the GOP primary and the head-to-head matchups with McCaskill:

The three GOP candidates are within five percentage points of each other in the primary, according to a study last week by Public Policy Polling.

The North Carolina firm’s numbers indicate that John Brunner has moved up closer to Todd Akin and Sarah Steelman.

According to the pollster, Brunner has moved up 7 points since January, Steelman has dropped four and Akin is unchanged.

The study finds McCaskill’s approval spread is at 40/50, but only 56 percent of those questioned were familiar with Steelman. The familiarity issue goes to 43 percent for Brunner and a point lower for Akin.

Brunner was top polling choice for voters who considered themselves, “very conservative.”

In the general election, PPP finds McCaskill nearly tied with all of her opponents on the Republican side. She leads Brunner 46 to 44 percent, is even with Steelman and down one point to Akin.

Tags: Barack Obama , Claire McCaskill


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