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Do you feel that your ad shows that? I ask.
"Yeah, I think it shows that," Graves says. "And it's exactly what the issues in that ad are talking about, and the fact that she wants to spend her time in San Francisco, which is not representative of the 6th District."
Unlike Graves' previous challengers, Barnes will have plenty of money to fight back — and to shape her image. By the end of March, Barnes had raised $1,403,704 in 10 months and had $954,363 in the bank. She has put together an impressive list of donors from Kansas City's biggest companies, including H&R Block founder Henry Bloch, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and Royals owner David Glass.
Graves' money doesn't come only from farmers and little old ladies in northwest Missouri. He has cashed checks from Hallmark CEO Don Hall Jr., Garmin CEO Min-Hwan Kao and J.E. Dunn Construction President Terry Dunn.
In late May, Barnes' money and St. Joseph roots weren't helping her. A Survey USA-KCTV Channel 5 poll showed Graves leading Barnes by 10 points — 49 to 39 percent. In St. Joseph, Graves led Barnes 52 to 33 percent.Click here to write a letter to the editor.