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Storied Political Families Square Off in Missouri

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Rep. William Lacy Clay (above) will face fellow Missouri Democratic Rep. Russ Carnahan in the state’s 1st district primary after Carnahan’s district was dismantled during reapportionment. According to some lawmakers, Carnahan was urged by Democratic leadership to run against a Republican in a nearby district, but he declined.

“You’ve got two progressive candidates who are going to compete for the progressive vote, and I think that’s where this race will actually be tipped,” a St. Louis Democratic source said.

But whatever issues dominate the race, expect the contest to be nasty and racially charged.

“Everybody has seen this day coming,” the source added. “But the powder’s lit now.”

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