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      Carnahan, Blunt faceoff in U.S. Senate general election

      Republican Roy Blunt

      With the primary election results never really in doubt, the leading contenders for Missouri TMs soon-to-be vacant U.S. Senate seat continued their war of words Thursday as the race is shaping up to be a referendum on Washington.

      Democrat Robin Carnahan captured 84 percent of her party's votes.

      "Celebrate this victory, Carnahan said. But do it just for tonight, because tomorrow, the work begins.

      Missouri's secretary of state will go after the job once sought by her father and held briefly by her mother by continuing to paint her opponent as a tool of moneyed special interests.

      "Who, for 14 years, has been in Washington gettin' cozy with special interests, standin' up for big oil companies, standin' up for big insurance companies, standin' up for big Wall Street banks, Carnahan said.

      "Every single one of you can be part of history as we put the Carnahan family out of business on November 2 nd, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said.

      Republicans will hammer at Carnahan as out of touch with Missouri values.

      "Can you imagine a louder voice at the ballot box than Missourians shouted out yesterday when they said, 'no, we don't want to be part of this government-controlled health care bill, Republican for U.S. Senate Roy Blunt said.

      Blunt said the Senate race comes down to a single notion.

      "We wanna live in a country where the people are bigger than the government, Blunt said. Not in a country where the government's bigger than the people.

      And whenever he can, he will tie the name 'Carnahan' to three others . . . Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and President Obama.

      Blunt made a tour of six Missouri cities Thursday to kick off the general election campaign.

      Carnahan celebrated her primary victory and her birthday in St. Louis, where she is scheduled to attend several house parties Thursday night.