Rep. Blunt heads into final stretch with financial edge

In Missouri's Senate contest, both candidates reported their best fundraising totals of the year in the third quarter, but Rep. Roy Blunt (R) still holds a solid cash-on-hand edge less than a month from Election Day.

After raising $2.4 million during the third quarter, Blunt is sitting on $3.7 million, compared to Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan's $2 million. The Democrat raised $2.1 million in the third quarter. 

With polls continuing to show a solid lead for Blunt, national Democrats have backed away from the race over the past two weeks. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has scaled back their air support for Carnahan.  

Conservative-friendly outside groups have spent heavily in the race, led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and American Crossroads, which has spent more than $1.5 million total to air ads targeting Carnahan. 

The latest Rasmussen poll in the race gives Blunt an 8-point edge — 51 percent to 43 percent.