The Missouri Senate race is turning into a Republican free-for-all, with Rep. Vicky Hartzler poised to announce her campaign in early June and other GOP contenders to move in the same direction.
The favorites to win the nomination are scandal-plagued former Gov. Eric Greitens, who is popular with grassroots Republicans, and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who revealed on the conservative podcast Ruthless that he raised more than $1 million since announcing his campaign. Both are competing hard for former President Donald Trump’s endorsement. But with Hartzler on the verge of getting in and other Republicans considering bids, the outcome of the GOP primary is shrouded in uncertainty.
“The Missouri Senate race looks to be a crowded affair,” said Gregg Keller, a Republican operative in St. Louis. “Eric Schmitt has to be considered the front-runner at this point, given his strengths as a candidate, fundraising prowess, and top-flight campaign team. Vicky Hartzler will be a serious candidate