The race for the U.S. Senate seat in Missouri being vacated by Republican Roy Blunt is warming up considerably, with the state primary election just over four months away.
There are two Democrats competing in the primary, but most media attention has been placed on the Republican primary. Missouri is a strong red state currently, with both Senate seats and six of eight House seats held by Republicans. President Donald Trump carried the Show-Me State in 2020 with 56.8% of the vote, winning 110 out of 114 counties.
The latest poll from Remington Research was published over the weekend, showing Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt currently in the lead among Republicans. Schmitt polled at 24%, putting him, slightly ahead of former Governor Eric Grietens, who polled 21%t.
The newest poll indicates a change at the top from the February poll that had Grietens at 25% and Schmitt at 22%t. Grietens is likely taking a hit in the polls as a result of new allegations of domestic abuse by his ex-wife, Sheena Greiten,s that were made public last week as part of an ongoing child custody battle.
The poll that was conducted just as the new allegations were made public indicates that 32% of voters responding found them to disqualify Grietiens from the Senate seat. Only 10% were unaware of the allegations and 19% found them troubling but not necessarily disqualifying.
Recent developments are encouraging to Schmitt, who has also polled strongly against either of the potential Democratic opponents in the general election. Greitens is polling in a dead heat with either of the potential Democratic opponents.
Schmitt is the clear leader among Republicans in fundraising. At the close of last year, he had received $2.4 million in contributions and had $1.2 million in cash. Hartzler had $1.9 in contributions and more than $1.7 million in cash on hand at the time, while Greitens lagged behind with $1.5 million in receipts and only $290,000 available in cash.
As the deadline for filing was this week, it is time to expect candidates to start putting the cash they have available to use as the primary contest shakes out.