-The Republican primary for Senate in Missouri is starting to look a lot more interesting. Sarah Steelman still leads with 32% to 23% for Todd Akin and 18% for John Brunner. But the momentum in the race is completely on Brunner's side. He's gained 12 points from our last poll in September, when he was at just 6%. Meanwhile Steelman's support has declined by 8 points from the last poll and Akin is down by 6. This is looking more and more like it could end up being a closely contested 3 way race.
The Republican candidate field still isn't terribly well known. 52% of voters are familiar with Steelman compared to 41% for Akin and 36% for Brunner. Brunner's name recognition has doubled since our September poll while the others have stayed pretty much in place.