Eyes are on the Missouri Senate GOP primary race as Republican Senator Roy blunt retires and several candidates scramble for the seat.
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The contenders, State Attorney General Eric Schmitt, Eric McElroy, and former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens vied for the seat that has now been called.
Earlier this week, former President Donald Trump created a firestorm on Monday when he endorsed “ERIC,” which was interesting given three Erics — Eric Greitens, Eric Schmitt, and Eric McElroy — all ran for the Senate seat.
“I trust the Great People of Missouri, on this one, to make up their own minds, much as they did when they gave me landslide victories in the 2016 and 2020 Elections, and I am therefore proud to announce that ERIC has my Complete and Total Endorsement!” Trump said in a statement after he emphasized voters “must send a MAGA Champion and True Warrior to the U.S. Senate, someone who will fight for Border Security, Election Integrity, our Military, and Great Veterans, together with having a powerful toughness on Crime and the Border.”
Shortly after Trump’s statement, both Greitens and Schmitt claimed to have Trump’s full support.
“President Trump has looked at the candidates and all that’s at stake in this race, and he has given me his COMPLETE AND TOTAL ENDORSEMENT!” read a campaign fundraising email from Schmitt.
“Honored to have the support of President Trump! We will MAGA! ” Greitens tweeted. Greitens also has ties to Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle, and he tweeted a video of Guilfoyle backing him.
Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens had been embroiled in several scandals, including allegations by his ex-wife that he abused her and their child. Greitens has denied the allegations, Conservative Brief reports.
A Trump adviser said the internal bickering demonstrated the former president’s enduring power and influence in the party.
“Instead of talking about Missouri, the Erics are debating what Trump’s endorsement means,” the adviser said. “Yes, it’s an epic troll.”
State Attorney General Eric Schmitt has been declared the winner over the other competing Erics.
— The Election Center (@ElectionCenter_) August 3, 2022
Schmitt’s campaign website offers details about what positions and policies he supports:
As Missouri Attorney General, Eric launched multiple major initiatives to better the lives of Missourians across the state.
In his first month in office, Eric launched his Safer Streets Initiative, featuring unprecedented cooperation between the U.S Attorney’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office, taking on violent crime across the state.
Recently, Eric launched his office’s first Cold Case Unit to deliver justice to victims who have waited far too long.
Eric has also been committed to tackling the opioid crisis and launched the Real Opioid Pain initiative to hear from Missouri citizens who have been impacted by this crisis and is battling Big Pharma in court.
To address the backlog of untested sexual assault kits, Eric launched the SAFE Kit initiative to bring justice for the brave individuals who came forward to tell their stories.
During Trump’s Presidency, Eric took the lead on backing up the Administration’s policies.
Eric was the first Attorney General to sue China to hold them accountable for unleashing the coronavirus on Americans.
When Facebook was canceling conservatives and Google was using their platform to hurt consumers and businesses, Eric filed a lawsuit and launched a massive antitrust probe to stop Big Tech abuses.
When voter integrity came into question, Eric authored and led the brief supporting the Pennsylvania Republican Party against the unconstitutional actions of the Pennsylvania courts, and he authored and led a brief in support of Texas’ lawsuit against Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin before the United States Supreme Court, where 17 other states to joined him.
Since Joe Biden has taken over the White House, Eric has been one of the leading state attorneys generals to hold the Biden administration accountable and protect the Constitution and the America First Agenda.
He has been on the front lines of every fight President Biden has waged against our jobs, our freedoms, and our safety. When President Biden canceled the Keystone XL Pipeline and thousands of jobs with it, Eric demanded it be reinstated and filed suit. When President Biden and John Kerry circumvented the Constitution to set a “social cost” on greenhouse gases, a move that would cost not thousands but millions of jobs, destroy the energy and agriculture industries, and lower the standard of living for working families, Eric immediately sued him.
When Joe Biden halted Operation Talon endangering American lives, Eric pushed back against President Biden, urging him to reverse his order.
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt commits to fighting against Covid mandates, saying he doesn’t want to live in a “bio-medical security state”
— Election Wizard 🇺🇸 (@ElectionWiz) August 12, 2021
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Former President Trump made 42 endorsements in the recent primaries.
Schmitt joins other winning Trump-endorsed candidates in primaries, including others in Missouri and in Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, and Maryland.
The victories are ongoing.
In Arizona, Trump candidate for Governor Kari Lake has edged out the opposition in the primary just a few hours ago.