Mo. Democrats brace for tough 2010 election season

HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Democrats are bracing for a tough election season in 2010. But they are hopeful that an anti-Washington frustration is aimed more at individual politicians than the party in charge of the nation's Capitol.

Democrats gathered Saturday for an annual conference in Hannibal, and several participants acknowledged they are concerned about the Democrats' chances this November. Sen. Claire McCaskill predicted Democrats will face a "tough year" because people are uncertain, distrustful and worried about their jobs and health care.

But McCaskill believes Democrats can still win with Secretary of Robin Carnahan as their U.S. Senate candidate. Carnahan is casting herself as more of an outsider, and says likely Republican Senate candidate Roy Blunt has shown he is an insider through his years in Congress.

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