Missouri state Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced he’s running for Senate Wednesday, setting up a clash with former Gov. Eric Greitens as Republicans fight to hold the seat next year. Schmitt is the second Republican to enter the race to replace retiring GOP Sen. Roy Blunt, who said earlier this month he would not seek a third term.
Some Republicans fear Greitens winning the nomination would put the otherwise safe seat in jeopardy in the fall, complicating their path to winning back the Senate majority. Schmitt was elected state treasurer in 2016, appointed as attorney general when Josh Hawley was elected to the Senate, and won his election by more than 20 points last year.
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Schmitt last appeared on JMG when he led a group of Republican AGs in asking the Supreme Court to limit absentee ballots in Pennsylvania. Prior to that, we heard from him when he filed a grandstanding lawsuit against China for “suffering and loss of life” due to coronavirus.
Schmitt was one of 14 attorneys general to sign a SCOTUS brief declaring that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provides no employment discrimination protections for LGBT citizens. He took other anti-LGBT actions while a member of the Missouri Senate.
Missouri state Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced he’s running for Senate, setting up a clash with former Gov. Eric Greitens as Republicans fight to hold the seat next yearhttps://t.co/5HKYCQRmzS
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