Eric Schmitt won Tuesday’s 21-candidate primary to capture the GOP U.S. Senate nomination with 46 percent of the vote. U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Harrisonville) came in second in the primary, 137,000 votes back and former Governor Eric Greitens came in a distant third.
Schmitt was elected to the Missouri state Senate in 2008 and served two four-year terms, representing Glendale and parts of St. Louis County in the Senate. He was elected treasurer in 2016 before being appointed attorney general in 2019 after then-Attorney General Josh Hawley (R) was elected to the Senate. Schmitt was elected attorney general in 2020.
Attorney General Schmitt has blasted the Biden administration and calls for an America First agenda. His campaign website says Schmitt has been on the front lines “of every fight President Biden has waged against our jobs, our freedoms and our safety.”
St. Louisan Trudy Busch Valentine has won Missouri’s Democratic U.S. Senate primary by 17-thousand votes over Lucas Kunce, who was backed by Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Ms. Valentine is a nurse. Her campaign website notes her life has been impacted by personal tragedy, which “has deepened her commitment to support other families facing tough circumstances.” The website notes her husband John died of cancer at 49, leaving her a single mother raising six children. In 2020, Trudy’s oldest son Matthew died after battling opioid addiction.
Trudy Busch Valentine says she will put politics aside if she’s elected to the U.S. Senate.
The winner of November’s Schmitt-Valentine November race will replace retiring U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R) in January.