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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – An increasingly tight race for the U.S. Senate seat in Missouri had both major party candidates campaigning in the St. Louis area Friday. The stakes are so high that Vice President Joe Biden paid his second visit to the area in a month and a half on behalf of Democratic nominee Jason Kander.

The vice president and Missouri Secretary of State Kander appeared before a crowd of some 2,000 people at the Pageant in west St. Louis. The “Get Out the Vote” rally was loud and enthusiastic.

Kander characterized his military service as evidence he was prepared for the last days of an intense campaign and for work as a U.S. Senator.

Meanwhile, incumbent Senator Roy Blunt campaigned before traditional Republican crowds in Washington, Missouri and St. Charles County on Friday. Blunt pointed to his record as a senator who could craft successful bipartisan legislation.

“If you want change from what the federal government has been doing, I’m the person that’s proven I’ll fight for that change,” he said after meeting with workers at Clemco Industries in Washington.