Blunt rides Republican wave to victory in U.S. Senate race

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 | 12:11 a.m. CDT; updated 12:16 p.m. CDT, Friday, November 5, 2010

In 1972, a young high school history teacher named Roy Blunt was elected county clerk of Greene County, Mo. With his boyish looks and earnest smile, he hardly looked older than most of his students. Thirty-eight years later, that same Blunt, still with those same boyish looks and earnest smile — albeit with a few more wrinkles — stood and basked in the applause of his supporters as the voters of Missouri sent him to the U.S. Senate.