Missouri is back in play

By Jeff Horwitz
Published October 8, 2004 7:15PM (EDT)

As John Kerry prepares to square off with President Bush tonight in St. Louis, there is some welcoming news for the Dems. Missouri is back on the battleground map, with the race there up for grabs for the first time in weeks. According to CNN, a new Survey USA poll has Bush narrowly leading, 49-47. Considering that Kerry spent most of last month down anywhere from 7 to 14 points, Bush's negligible advantage is good news for the Kerry camp.

At the end of last month, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch noted that the Democrats' two-month TV blackout in Missouri left the impression that Kerry was "ceding Missouri to the president." If polls there following tonight's debate continue the trend of the one released today, expect the Kerry camp to consider some new ad buys and make Missouri a fight to the finish.

Jeff Horwitz

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