Republicans opposed to Eric Greitens lament growing strength in Missouri GOP Senate race

Republicans opposed to Eric Greitens lament growing strength in Missouri GOP Senate race


Despite anxiety about scandal-plagued Eric Greitens at high levels of Republican politics, there are others inside the GOP who believe he would easily win the general election for Senate in Missouri in 2022.

The former governor is the front-runner in the growing field of Republican primary candidates hoping to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Roy Blunt. Greitens’s detractors worry that the eventual Democratic candidate could flip the seat next year by exploiting allegations of sexual misconduct and blackmail that forced him to resign as governor in 2018 to avoid impeachment by the Republican-controlled Missouri Legislature.

But many Republican insiders have quietly concluded that however unsavory a character Greitens is, and would be, in the Senate, he would not jeopardize the party’s hold on the seat in the midterm elections or its drive to recapture the majority. Why? Greitens, they say, has successfully tied himself to former President Donald Trump, a popular figure in ruby-red Missouri.

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