US primaries: Eric Schmitt wins GOP nomination for US Senate from Missouri
- Eric Schmitt has been the Attorney General for Missouri since 2018
- He will be fighting to replace incumbent Roy Blunt
- Schmitt beat out Eric Greitens and Vicky Hartzler
The current Attorney General of the state had decided to run for the US Senate and announced his candidacy last year and is looking to replace the incumbent Roy Blunt.
Schmitt has defeated a long list of candidates who were on the Republican ballot, including the former governor Eric Greitens, who had resigned from the position after news of his involvement in sexual assault was revealed, and Vicky Hartzler. Both his primary competitors failed to make a dent in the AG's Senate run as he won 44.8% of the vote, compared to Hartzler's 22.6% and Greitens' 19.1%.
The votes on the Democratic Party side of the aisle are yet to be counted, however, it is looking increasingly like that Trudy Busch Valentine is going to be their nomination that Schmitt will go up against when the midterm elections begin on November 8, 2022.
Both Greitens and Smith had been vying for endorsement from a recalcitrant Trump. While the former president had made no formal declaration of support earlier, he tweeted out support for "Eric" today. Since the two share the same name, both took to Twitter to claim the endorsement as their own.
Honored to have the support of President Trump! We will MAGA!" wrote Greitens in a tweet. Whereas Schmitt wrote that he fight the "Left’s indoctrination of our kids—I’ll take that fight to the Senate to SAVE AMERICA!"
In almost poetic fashion, an unnamed Trump adviser told NBC News: "Instead of talking about Missouri, the Erics are debating what Trump’s endorsement means." The adviser called it an "epic troll."
The AG had seen considerable support for his campaign as he has long held positions that align with Republican values.