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UPDATE: Roy Blunt announces Senate run for 2010

By The Associated Press
February 19, 2009 | 10:48 a.m. CST

ST. LOUIS — Republican U.S. Rep. Roy Bluntannounced he is running for Senate in 2010.

Blunt announced his candidacy Thursday in St. Louis, the first of a series of stops across Missouri that will include Jefferson City, Carthage and Cape Girardeau.

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Republican Sen. Kit Bond announced in January that he would not seek election to a fifth term. So far, Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan is the only other candidate to enter the race.

The 59-year-old Blunt has represented southwest Missouri in the House since 1997 and recently stepped aside as the House minority whip.

The Senate race could become a showdown between two of Missouri's most prominent political families.