Sabato's Crystal Ball

Missouri (03) House 2010

Crystal Ball Outlook: Likely D

Democratic candidate: Russ Carnahan, Incumbent

Republican candidate: Ed Martin, former chief-of-staff to Governor Matt Blunt

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Background

Minority Leader Richard Gephardt retired here in 2004, and in his place they elected Russ Carnahan. Carnahan had trouble with his initial election, but has won re-election since with over 60 percent of the vote. His voting record tilts leftward, but is generally middle-of-the-pack for the Democratic caucus.

Normally we would not give the Republican much of a chance in district, but the Republican candidate, Ed Martin, the former Chief of Staff to Gov. Matt Blunt, has just as much cash-on-hand as Carnahan. If the Republicans are strategic and can ride on their current momentum, then Martin may have a chance.