The GOP primary for the US Senate seat vacated by the retiring Roy Blunt is entering its final days. The election is next Tuesday, August 2nd and, as we’ve covered extensively, it’s coming down to the wire for the top three candidates per the polls.
The latest polls have Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt in the lead and he’s picked up some plum endorsements, including Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Mike Lee, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders. There’s still no word as to whether President Trump will weigh in, but there have been some recent hints that he may yet. There are reports that former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and former acting US Attorney General Matt Whitaker have been lobbying for Schmitt to receive the endorsement.
— Matt Whitaker 🇺🇸 (@MattWhitaker46) July 28, 2022
Moreover, Congressman Billy Long — also in the race, but consistently running fourth in the polls — spoke with Trump earlier this week. We interviewed Long Wednesday on NewsTalkSTL, and he said he believes Trump “really, really wants to” — and “probably will” — make an endorsement (video below, starting at the 46:48 mark). And while the Congressman was happy to offer criticisms of his competitors, he also asserted early on in the interview that he believes the race is Schmitt’s to lose.
On Friday, Schmitt picked up another key endorsement — this one, from “Women for America First,” an organization founded in 2019 as:
“the only national women’s organization focused on advancing the America First agenda, upholding the principles and values of putting America and her people first.”
Per the press release (full text linked below), Chairwoman Amy Kremer announced:
“Attorney General Schmitt has a battle-tested record of being a conservative fighter and taking on the Biden administration, Dr. Fauci, big-tech, and fighting against election fraud. Under his watch, Missouri was the first state in the nation to protect the life of the unborn by ending abortion in the state. When elected, he will continue that work in the US Senate to defend our Constitutional rights.
“In a time when the nation has become unrecognizable due to policies of Joe Biden and far-left progressives, it has never been more important for Republicans to take back the Senate. We need someone who will fight for the American people and do what is best for Missouri and Team America…that is Eric Schmitt. He has been and will continue to be a strong ally for Americans and the America First agenda.”
The endorsement from Women for America First is key, particularly in the context of Schmitt’s top competitors in the race. Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, consistently running second in the polling, but generally within the margin of error, may have lost out on Trump’s endorsement, but has been a strong conservative voice for women. As for former governor Eric Greitens, one of the knocks against him has been the significant baggage he brings with him — baggage that many feel damage his chances with women voters, Republican and independent alike.
Also, on Friday, Schmitt picked up endorsements from Tea Party Express and Freedom Principle Mo.
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Freedom Principle MO – Missouri First PAC Endorses Eric Schmitt For U.S. Senate And David Gregory For State Auditor pic.twitter.com/2KqciOzhWM
— Freedom Principle MO (@FreedompplMO) July 29, 2022
Thus, the endorsements continue to roll in as the primary fast approaches. Will that translate into Schmitt securing the nomination? We’ll know Tuesday night. (Yes, I’m confident Missouri will have the majority of its election results declared by end of day Tuesday.)
WFAF Eric Schmitt Missouri Endorsement by Susie Moore on Scribd