Eric Schmitt Wins Gop Senate Nomination Over Hartzler And Greitens

Eric Schmitt Wins Gop Senate Nomination Over Hartzler And Greitens

Despite a crowded field of Republican opponents, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt was able to secure the Republican nomination Tuesday night to fill Missouri’s open U.S. Senate seat that is currently vacant.

After most precincts reported their results, Schmitt led with 45% of the votes, compared to 22% for U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler and 19% for the disgraced former governor Eric Greitens.

I don’t come from a family of billionaires. Bridgeton is where I come from. My roots as a working-class person make me proud of who I am. Schmitt told supporters gathered at the Sheraton Westport Lakeside Chalet that he was going to Washington to fight for working families, defeat socialism, and lead the fight to save the nation.

The election of Schmitt was the culmination of a wild GOP primary that saw 21 candidates vying for the seat of retiring U.S. Senator Roy Blunt in the Republican primary.

Eric Schmitt Wins Gop Senate Nomination Over Hartzler And Greitens

In the end, Schmitt went on to win the election over the two candidates who were seen as his main rivals.

Hartzler gave a speech to a crowd of around 100 people at the Cider House in Garden City – and it was not the speech they were looking forward to hearing that day.

After congratulating Schmitt on his victory, she told me she had just called him to congratulate him on his victory.

Hartzler said that despite the fact that they fought hard and left no stone unturned, the outcome was not what they hoped for.

Hartzler has pledged to support Schmitt, something that she stated in February that she would not do if the nominee was Greitens.

The road to retaking the majority in the United States Senate runs right through Missouri,” Hartzler said in an interview with Fox News.

In his concession speech at Greitens’ election night party in Chesterfield, Greitens did not mention Schmitt by name in his brief concession speech.

There is a plan that God has in mind, but it doesn’t always work on our timeline,” Greitens said, later adding: “Let’s keep the fight going.”

There was a rift among Greitens’s supporters, with some vowing to support Schmitt and others saying that they will boycott the general election in November if Greitens wins.

Greitens did not provide any guidance, either way, telling his supporters that he loved them and there was an echo of “I love you too” from the crowd.

According to Katie Hinkley, a resident of St Louis who attended Greitens’ election night party, she plans to support Schmitt in the general election but will be disappointed if Greitens leaves politics at the end of the term.

During the interview, she alluded to the scandals that forced him to resign from office in 2018, as well as the allegations of child abuse that his ex-wife made against him earlier this year.

The reason why I think maybe he does have supporters may be because people are awed by his grit and determination in the face of attacks and an onslaught of those who are essentially paid to ruin his career, Hinkley said of Greitens.

According to Ron Lowrey, a retired geologist from St. Louis who has been supporting Greitens for years, if Schmitt had won, he’d probably just leave it blank at that point, referring to Schmitt’s allegiances to RINOs, or Republicans in Name Only, as a result of his association with the Republican Party.

“I have to think about my own conscience when it comes to this,” said Lowrey.

It was at this time that Schmitt’s public persona began to change as he prepared for a U.S. Senate campaign, going from a state senator considered to be toward the center of the party to a blowtorch-wielding MAGA Republican candidate.

In the course of his campaign, he focused on the vast amount of lawsuits he filed in the course of his tenure as attorney general, challenging everything from school mask mandates to China’s involvement in the C-19 pandemic.

During his speech to supporters, Schmitt stated that the country was entering the most momentous decade of American history since the Civil War, and he promised to fight back against “President Biden’s all-out assault on our liberties.”.

Among the priorities he listed were tackling inflation, securing the border between the United States and Mexico, and completing the border wall that was started by former President Donald Trump.

Schmitt said, “As your senator, I will take a blowtorch to Biden’s agenda” in reference to an ad that Biden ran during his campaign.

In the weeks leading up to the election, the polls showed Schmitt as the frontrunner in the race, which telegraphed his victory Tuesday.

As a result of Greitens’s decline in the polls following a political action committee funded by Schmitt donors attacking Greitens with ads highlighting the allegations of child abuse, Schmitt was able to gain a major advantage.

According to Lane Osborn, a 19-year-old Neosho resident who interned on Schmitt’s campaign, Greitens was never fit for office according to Lane Osborn. In other words, “bottom line.”

It is also worth mentioning that he avoided virtually disaster when Trump decided against endorsing Greitens and instead endorsed an unspecified “Eric.” By refusing to choose between the two, he blunted any last-minute boost Trump’s seal of approval may have given Greitens’ ailing campaign.

Even so, both Schmitt and Greitens claimed the endorsement as their own as well as Schmitt’s.

The early results of this election appeared to be in Schmitt’s favor an hour after the polls close. John Brunner, who ran against Greitens in 2016 for the GOP nomination for Missouri governor, predicted a landslide coming through here pretty darn fast. Brunner posed to supporters at Schmitt’s watch party: “Do we need two Erics for Missouri?”

There were a lot of shouts of “no” in response to the question, and multiple supporters said that their support for Schmitt had already been cemented before Trump’s endorsement.

“We’ve been supporting him since 2008,” said Mary Parsons, 82, a Kirkwood resident who has been supporting him since 2008. He has been raised by us.” “He has been raised by us.”

Schmitt entered politics as an alderman in Glendale and later served in the state Senate for eight years until term limits ended his tenure in office in 2016.

After that, Schmitt was elected state treasurer, and after Greitens resigned, in the wake of Green’s resignation, he was appointed attorney general by Gov. Mike Parson.

As of 2020, Schmitt has been re-elected for a four-year term as the state’s attorney general.

As a whole, he has been steady throughout the entire process. Michelle Politte, a 58-year-old Fenton resident, said that her husband is still the same as he was 20 years ago. “I like the fact that he is like that.”

Schmitt has worked to defend Trump’s administration during his time as attorney general, supporting a Texas-led lawsuit that is seeking to invalidate the results of the November 2020 elections in four states in the wake of the election.

As a result, Schmitt launched a legal blitz on a variety of hot-button issues, turning his focus to the debates surrounding critical race theory and the curriculum being taught in schools, as well as public health orders and the presidency of Joe Biden.

For Carolyn Davis, a 58-year-old Jackson resident who was unsure of whether to vote for Hartzler or Schmitt, Schmitt’s efforts to tackle human trafficking and his lawsuits against school mask rules helped convince her that he was the candidate who could ensure Missouri’s open seat in the Senate remained in Republican hands.

The fact that he was able to do that shows me that he is a fighter,” Davis said. He is not going to sit back and do nothing if he is given the chance. He’s gonna be out front, a bit like Josh Hawley in a way.”

In spite of his efforts, he hasn’t always been praised for them. A group of Republican state legislators accused Schmitt earlier this year of using his office for political gain, and earlier this year he had his budget for his office slashed by $500,000 due to allegations of using his office for political gain.

In an email that appeared to be sent to his office, it was revealed that his office had been in contact with the Rule of Law Defense Fund, a 501(c)(4) arm of the Republican Attorneys General Association, which had been involved in a robocall urging “patriots” to march to the Capitol on January 6, 2021, as part of the Republican National Convention.

At the same time, Schmitt said he hopes to protect the freedoms of the next generation, and he says his son, Stephen, who has special needs, was the inspiration to want to have a greater impact on the world and make a difference in people’s lives.

Schmitt said, “And that fire still burns to this day.”.

At the same venue where Hartzler celebrated her victory over Ike Skelton in 2010, Hartzler hosted an election watch party to celebrate the upcoming election.

However, that night there was no joy in the air as supporters gathered with hopes, but without any expectation of a victory that night.

For this event, Rylee Hartwell, Hartzler’s coordinator for Jasper County, traveled from Joplin with David Weaver, Hartzler’s regional coordinator in Cass County. It is because of Hartzler’s “genuineness” that they were able to help her.

Weaver was quick to point out that she was a hard worker and that she had worked her way up the company.

During Hartzler’s time in southwest Missouri, he visited the area six times and ran a strong ad campaign, according to Hartwell.

From the beginning until now, she has never changed,” he stated with a smile. “She has always stood up for conservative causes throughout her career.”