Trump a factor in surprisingly close Missouri Senate race

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2015 file photo, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. It's tough enough for the political veteran seeking re-election against up-and-coming Democrat Jason Kander, Missouri’s secretary of state who is showing surprising strength in the polls and in raising money. The string of recent controversies involving Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who Blunt has endorsed, doesn’t help. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ask Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri about his party’s presidential nominee and you’ll likely get a polite but weary response.

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