Roy Blunt

Missouri Senate leader Dave Schatz mulls entry into 2022 U.S. Senate race

BY: - April 1, 2021

The list of potential U.S. Senate candidates for the seat being vacated by Roy Blunt now includes Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, who told The Independent he was “definitely considering” the race in an interview Wednesday. Schatz, a Franklin County Republican, said he is concerned about the possibility that disgraced former Gov. Eric Greitens […]

Eric Schmitt joins Missouri race for U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Roy Blunt

BY: - March 24, 2021

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt officially jumped into the GOP primary for the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, making him the second major Republican hopeful seeking to replace Roy Blunt. Schmitt’s decision comes after former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens jumped into the race earlier this week. Both made their announcements on Fox News. “Washington, D.C., needs […]

Eric Greitens announces he will run for Missouri’s open U.S. Senate seat

BY: - March 22, 2021

Disgraced former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, forced to resign in 2018 under an avalanche of scandals and felony charges, announced Monday evening that he will run for the U.S. Senate. The announcement, which Greitens made during an appearance on Fox News, came as little surprise. He had been publicly discussing entering the race for weeks, […]

Mike Kehoe passes on 2022 Senate run to focus on 2024 Missouri governor’s race

BY: - March 22, 2021

Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe announced Monday morning he would not seek the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate, the second prominent Republican to forgo the race. Kehoe, who was appointed lieutenant governor in 2018 and won a full term last year, said he will instead focus his attention on a run for governor in 2024. […]

Two weeks after Blunt bowed out, still no shortage of Republicans eyeing Senate run

BY: - March 22, 2021

Jay Ashcroft’s decision not to run to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt seems to have foreclosed GOP hopes of avoiding a contested 2022 primary.  Nearly every prominent Republican in Missouri is now openly considering joining the race, with each seemingly convinced they have the clearest path to victory (and equally worried they’ll be the […]

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Why does Missouri have a baker’s dozen of possible U.S. Senate candidates?

BY: - March 19, 2021

In winter 2007, weeks into my tenure in the state Senate, I prepared to board a flight back from Washington, D.C, and bumped into former U.S. Senator Jim Talent at the gate. I’d hosted a series of events for the Democrat who had defeated him a year earlier, Claire McCaskill, and been an active surrogate […]

Senate confirms Haaland as first-ever Native American to serve in the Cabinet

BY: - March 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Debra Haaland made history on Monday when she became the first Native American to ever be confirmed by the U.S. Senate to hold a position in a president’s Cabinet. In a narrow 51-40 vote, senators confirmed Haaland, a New Mexico Democrat, to serve as secretary of interior, where she will run […]

Jay Ashcroft won’t seek GOP nomination for Missouri Senate seat

BY: - March 10, 2021

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced Wednesday he will not run for the U.S. Senate in 2022. “After intense, prayerful consideration (my wife and I) have decided to remain devoted to the work Missouri voters have entrusted to me as secretary of state,” Ashcroft said in a statement released Wednesday morning. Ashcroft was considered […]

Roy Blunt is out. So who’s in? A list of possible Missouri GOP senate candidates

BY: - March 8, 2021

Roy Blunt’s decision not to seek a third term in the U.S. Senate will have cascading effects across Missouri’s political universe.  The state has no shortage of ambitious Republican officials, each of whom can make a legitimate claim at being the strongest candidate.  So will the 2022 GOP primary turn into a feeding frenzy? Or […]

Missouri’s Roy Blunt won’t run again in 2022, likely sparking crowded GOP senate primary

BY: - March 8, 2021

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt announced Monday he will not seek a third term, a shock to Missouri’s political system that could set off a scrum to replace him next year. In a message posted on social media, Blunt , 71, said that after “14 general election victories — three to county office, seven to the […]

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Who defines the Missouri GOP — Roy Blunt, Josh Hawley… or Eric Greitens?

BY: - February 24, 2021

The eyes of the nation turned to U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley over the holidays when he became the the first senator to announce an objection to the certification of presidential electors. But the eyes of local politicos turned instead to his home-state colleague, Missouri’s senior senator. How would Roy Blunt — up for re-election next […]

What Senate Republicans are saying about Trump’s impeachment trial

BY: - February 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — The second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is set to begin Tuesday, when the Senate will start hearing arguments over whether Trump should be convicted of inciting the violent mob that lay siege to the Capitol. So far, no Senate Republican has outright backed a vote to convict Trump, and many […]