Republicans Continue to Clear Out for Josh Hawley in Missouri

By Brent Scher

Missouri’s Republican state treasurer Eric Schmitt will announce on Tuesday that he is not running for Senate, citing his belief that the party should unite behind a single candidate in 2018.

Schmitt’s announcement, first reported by RealClearPolitics.com, further clears the Republican field for the state’s attorney general Josh Hawley, who is yet to announce that he will mount a challenge to Sen. Claire McCaskill (D., Mo.).

“I believe it is time for all of us to unite behind one candidate to be the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, which is why I am supporting Attorney General Josh Hawley,” Schmitt’s statement says. “I am encouraging Josh to run for the U.S. Senate and have offered to help his campaign in any way I can if he chooses to challenge Claire McCaskill.”

Schmitt was praised by Missouri Republicans such as former senator Jim Talent, who was unseated by McCaskill, for his decision to back Hawley.

“This act of statesmanship will unify the Party and benefit all the people of Missouri,” Talent said.

Hawley has received the backing of national Republican figures, including Vice President Mike Pence, which has convinced potential candidates that their chances of defeating Hawley were slim.

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Source:: Washington Free Beacon