BRAGGADOCIO, Mo. -- U.S. Senate candidates campaigned Friday across southeast Missouri's Bootheel, with Sen. Jean Carnahan joining a skeet shoot and Republican challenger Jim Talent meeting farmers alongside a top Agriculture Department official.
Carnahan said she planned "some months ago" to join Friday evening's skeet-shooting benefit for a farm research center, and that her campaign's publicity about the event wasn't aimed at shoring up backing among male and pro-gun voters.
A recent St. Louis Post-Dispatch poll indicated a drop in Carnahan's backing by male voters. Carnahan's enthusiasm for sport shooting was not publicized by her campaign until after the poll -- indicating a tight race with Talent -- was published last weekend.
Both candidates made appearances Friday at separate events promoting farm research at the University of Missouri-Columbia's Delta Research Center in Port-ageville, Mo.
Talent went on to a campaign roundtable at a tractor shed on the university farm, a visit to the Mississippi River port at Caruthersville and a session with Senath farmers.
Also running for the Senate are Libertarian Tamara Millay and Green Party nominee Daniel R. Romano.