Eric Schmitt has secured the Republican nomination for Missouri Senate.
Mr. Schmitt, the Missouri attorney general, defeated former governor Eric Greitans, whose career was marred by several scandals.
Many voters were perplexed when former President Donald Trump endorsed “Eric” without revealing either candidate’s surname.
Attorney General Eric Schmitt received 45 percent of the vote, while Rep. Vicky Hartzler received 22 percent and Gov. Eric Greitens received 19 percent. Schmitt’s victory ended a tumultuous GOP primary in which 21 contenders vied for the seat of retiring Sen. Roy Blunt.
Schmitt said, “I’m going to Washington to fight for working folks, against socialism, and lead the struggle to defend America.” In his concession speech, Missouri’s former governor did not mention Schmitt by name.
Schmitt’s campaign centered on his record as attorney general, which included litigation contesting everything from school mask rules to China’s participation in the outbreak.
He promised to fight back against “President Biden’s all-out attack on our liberty.” Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has backed a lawsuit trying to nullify election results in four states in order to defend President Trump’s administration.
Schmitt was re-elected to the post of Attorney General for a four-year term in 2020. His work to combat human trafficking and litigation against school mask restrictions aided in persuading people that he was the best candidate for the Missouri Senate position.