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Taking The Pulse Of The Missouri Republican Primary For U.S. Senate

Vicky Hartzler and, left to right, Mark McCloskey, Eric Schmitt and Eric Greitens have announced their U.S. Senate candidacies.
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Vicky Hartzler and, from left, Mark McCloskey, Eric Schmitt and Eric Greitens have announced their U.S. Senate candidacies.

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum discusses the GOP primary for U.S. Senate with the Kansas City Star’s Jeanne Kuang and Jonathan Shorman.

Shorman and Kuang recently wrote an article breaking down the current four-person GOP primary to succeed Sen. Roy Blunt. The article noted that former Gov. Eric Greitens skipped the Missouri Republican Party Lincoln Days event and that the other contenders are trying to emerge as the alternative before the August 2022 primary.

Topics discussed on the show include:

  • How Greitens is trying to tap into the GOP electorate by continuing to fightthe 2020 presidential election results.
  • The potential for Attorney General Eric Schmitt, U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler or attorney Mark McCloskey to emerge out of the GOP field.
  • Whether a big GOP primary helps Greitens gain a plurality of voters or if the former governor is so damaged by scandal that brought down his administration that it motivates other people to get into the race.
  • Any potential role U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley could play in affecting the primary, especially since he and Greitens have long been at odds.
  • The possibility of former President Donald Trump endorsing one of the candidates.

The Democratic primary also was discussed, including the possibility of former Gov. Jay Nixon getting into the contest.

Follow Jason Rosenbaum on Twitter: @jrosenbaum

Follow Jeanne Kuang on Twitter: @jeannekuang

Follow Jonathan Shorman on Twitter: @jonshorman

Jason is the politics correspondent for St. Louis Public Radio.