Kenneth Warren

Kenneth F. Warren is a professor of political science at Saint Louis University and president of The Warren Poll.

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Betting the Farm

Given its status as one of the Democrats' most promising Senate pick-up opportunities this year, much attention has already been paid to Claire McCaskill's bid to unseat Republican incumbent Jim Talent in Missouri. But Democratic strategists looking to 2008 may want to pay even closer attention -- especially to McCaskill's unusual efforts to increase her support among rural voters. McCaskill's is a strategy that upends the typical Democratic approach to statewide campaigning in red states. McCaskill, Missouri's state auditor, is trying to learn from her own failed attempt to win the 2004 governor's race against Matt Blunt. In 2004 McCaskill did very well in Missouri's two major metro areas, St. Louis and Kansas City. In the city of St. Louis, she won 78 percent of the vote. In St. Louis County, Missouri's largest by far, she received 55 percent, while in Jackson County, which includes Kansas City, she triumphed with 62 percent. But McCaskill lost to Blunt statewide, 48 to 51 percent,...