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Sun Oct 21, 2012, 04:47 PM

In MO 2nd District, GOP has a 100-fold spending advantage

Republican Ann Wagner and Democrat Glenn Koenen agree that they offer voters in the remapped 2nd U.S. House district a clear philosophical choice on the role of government.

“He believes it should grow and get larger,” Wagner says. “I believe it should be limited.”

Koenen puts it this way: “She thinks government is too big and intrusive. I think government should be there to protect people from the worst of the world.”

But Wagner, because of her lopsided fundraising advantage, has a much better chance to get her message across to voters in the district — which now takes in parts of St. Louis, St. Charles and Jefferson counties. The incumbent, Rep. Todd Akin, R-Wildwood, is running for the Senate.

Wagner has raised about $2.5 million, more than enough to cover a television ad campaign that began recently and will continue until the Nov. 6 election.

Koenen, with a kitty of less than $25,000, hasn’t been able to afford any TV. That’s partly because of a lack of help from national Democratic committees for the traditionally Republican district.


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