Talent's challenge is to win moderate suburban voters who have grown disillusioned with GOP leadership, while rallying the more partisan-minded social conservatives who live in rural southern Missouri. The senator battled throughout the debate to balance those competing constituencies.
Monday, October 09, 2006
Talent seeks to win suburban votes
In its story on Sunday's debate between Sen. Jim Talent and State Auditor Claire McCaskill, the Washington Post indicates that while Ms. McCaskill is seeking votes in the rural, traditionally Republican areas, of the state, Talent is going after votes in the suburbs, which have generally leaned toward the Democratic party in the past: