TODAY'S QUESTION: Can Chuck Purgason beat Roy Blunt for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 4:39 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 20, 2010

In sports talk, the tea party has caused a national upset. However, it might not have what it takes to do so in Missouri.

According to an analysis done by the Associated Press, state Sen. Chuck Purgason believes the conservative Republican movement stands a shot at winning an election in Missouri.

Purgason is the better known candidate out of the eight hopefuls running against U.S. Representative Roy Blunt in the Aug. 3 Republican Primary for the U.S. Senate. Blunt is widely touted as being the party's pick to win the primary. 

Unlike tea party candidates in other states, Purgason has had some trouble keeping a big bank account. Purgason spent most of the more than $32,000 he raised and had only $148 in his campaign account at the start of July, according to the AP article. 

"Joe the Plumber," the Ohio man who questioned then-Sen. Barack Obama about his economic policies during the presidential campaign, was Purgason's biggest contributor.

Blunt, Purgason's opponent, raised $2.2 million in just the past three months and had $4.5 million in his campaign account, the AP article said.

Retiring Sen. Kit Bond, the man both Purgason and Blunt are hoping to replace, has thrown his support behind Blunt.

Purgason has also run fewer television ads than his opponent, although he did get a lot of press last week when he led a 20-hour filibuster attempt to stop a bill that would provide tax incentives to Ford Motor Co.

Can Chuck Purgason beat Roy Blunt for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate?

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Elizabeth Couture July 20, 2010 | 1:05 p.m.

During the Revolutionary War, America was greatly outnumbered and easily outspent a 1000 to 1. Our opponent was the most powerful country on earth. How then did we manage to win? Because we had regular citizens who were passionate about Freedom and were willing to do anything to become free, and our opponent had a tyrant who was interested in me, myself, and I. Chuck is in a similar fight. There are no guns or blood, but there are battles and minutemen. Blunt has lots of money, but Chuck has lots of passionate people. Chuck will win because he is a man of truth, honesty, and integrity. He has enough character to do what is right no matter what the cost. That is not something anyone could say of Mr. Blunt. He has proved himself to be a man of deals and compromises. I have met both men personally. Mr. Blunt shook my hand like a robot and then walked away surrounded by his paid entourage of staff. Mr. Purgason took time to meet my whole family and talk with us for several minutes about what we were concerned about, and I know for a fact that everyone one of his hundreds of workers are volunteers, many of them working all hours of the day and night to see a man of integrity represent us in Washington. Carry On, Sen. Purgason!!
P.S. Has anyone cared to check who each candidate got their money from? Almost all of Blunt's is from companies and special interest groups. All of Chuck's is from regular citizens. I wonder who each one will represent in Washington? Hhmmmmm....

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Rene Artman July 20, 2010 | 1:16 p.m.

I believe that the Constitution gives "We the People"the right to run for office and that " We the People" have the right to elect our officials. I resent the fact that the Republican Party interfers in this primary ,as well as the Icet and Schwich primary. Let the voters go to the polls and decide and then the party should get behind and support the peoples choice. The people pick the person not the party because of the individuals ability to raise money for the party!

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Erin Dunn July 20, 2010 | 1:24 p.m.

Chuck Purgason is an inspriration. He is exactly what we need in Washington, D.C. If you put Roy Blunt and Chuck Purgason side by side, there is no comparison. One, Mr. Blunt, represents the problem in Washington and the Republican Party with votes for legislation like TARP and Cash for Clunkers. The other, Mr. Purgason, represents the hope we have for getting Washington back under control and accountable to the hard-working citizens of the U.S. One, Mr. Blunt, believes in special treatment for some and different rules for different players in this country. The other, Mr. Purgason, believes in equal protection under the law and the rules being the same for everyone. One, Mr. Blunt, gets significant amounts of money from special interests, including Freddie and Fannie. The other, Mr. Purgason, gets his campaign contributions from citizens wanting better government that respects and follows the U.S. Constitution. One, Mr. Blunt, has many family members who are lobbyists, including the lobbyist he married after leaving his wife of 35 years. The other, Mr. Purgason, has no lobbyists in his immediate family and works with his wife to run their small business in Southern Missouri.

If Missourians want freedom, responsible government, and respect for our Constitution, they will vote for Mr. Purgason. If they want the status quo, they'll vote for Mr. Blunt. Unfortunately, Mr. Blunt is a slick politician who is always armed with his talking points and smooth answers and he has lots of money with which to spread his name around. He is bought and paid for, and that money goes a long way. I hope enough Missourians are paying attention for the best choice, Mr. Purgason, to come out on top.

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Ike Skelton July 20, 2010 | 2:34 p.m.

Todd Isaac "Ike" Skelton Chuck Is exactly the person we need in Washington. Blunt is exactly the person we do not want. Blunt is the definition of Washington insider. Our TEA Party group sent questions to, and invited all candidates for our 4th US dist, and Senate candidates. Roy Blunt, Ike Skelton and Robin Carnahan did not respond. Why? Are they worried about accountability? Chuck Purgason is not worried about accountability. As a matter of fact, it is "We the People" Chuck wants to be accountable to. Do the right thing Missouri, we can beet Roy Blunt if we the people vote Chuck Purgason.

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Janice Coltharp July 20, 2010 | 2:36 p.m.

No matter how many times an underdog in any race or contest pulls an upset, wins an election, some people just refuse to believe that it can happen. As a child, the story of the tortoise and the hare made a great impression on me. Why is that story still told to children and still used as an example when teaching the truth that victory doesn't always go to the fastest, strongest, richest, most powerful, and most likely to win? It's because there are other factors involved in winning a race. Those factors are HEART, COURAGE, DETERMINATION, THE POWER OF TRUTH AND AND RIGHT, PERSEVERENCE. Chuck Purgason has all of those. Plus, he has the devoted labors of several hundred volunteers. Chuck Purgason has been out-spent in every election he's entered and he's won every one of them. That's why Chuck believes he can win and that's why his volunteers and voters believe he WILL win. The Republican Party loses elections because they've lost their way; they've forgotten what the Republican Party is supposed to be. If you're going to vote for more spending, bigger government, bailouts for special interest groups, higher taxes, more government handouts and favors, why not vote for Democrats. I am very thankful that I can vote for a true conservative, a true patriot, a true representative of the people of Missouri, a Senator who has demonstrated time and time again that he will stay on course, faithful to Republican principles, which are Constitutional principles. I don't have to vote for the lesser of two evils. I am gladly voting for Chuck Purgason and I DO BELIEVE HE WILL WIN!

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Philip Todd July 20, 2010 | 7:46 p.m.

I fail to see the wisdom of any campaign spending millions of dollars to convince the people that Roy Blunt is a good choice. That is party elitists speaking who want business in Washington to remain the same.
Fortunately Conservatives can do a whole lot better, for a whole LOT less money, by voting for Chuck Purgason for US Senate on August 3rd. There is clearly a line between liberal Robin Carnahan and Conservative Chuck Purgason.
Unfortunately Roy Blunt has some "gray' areas that do not back up his claim of conservatism. All the money in the World cannot buy a voting record of fiscal responsibility when the record is not there. Purgason's record is open for everyone to see.

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melva anderson July 21, 2010 | 2:46 p.m.

Chuck Perguson is exactly what we need in Washington. He will fight to the end for citizens rights and that is rare for politicians in this day and age. He is in favor of and co sponsor of the Fair Tax legislation which will help all legal U.S. citizens and not penalize those who work very hard for what they make. He is a down to earth candidate and he will talk with anyone who he sees, unlike Blunt who thinks he has the election already won. I have not seen Blunt at any Tea Part event or Freedom fight I have gone to. He evidently cares nothing about Missourians and he evidently feels he is too good to come out and talk to the people of this great state. Vote Perguson

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