Trump baffles GOP by endorsing ‘Eric’ in the Missouri Senate primary — a race with three Erics

Eric Greitens, who used to be governor, Eric Schmitt, who is the state’s attorney general, and Eric McElroy, who isn’t well-known, are all running in the Republican primary for a Senate seat that is open in Missouri.
In a statement on Monday night, former President Donald Trump backed “ERIC” for Missouri’s Senate primary on Tuesday. This caused some confusion at the last minute.
Who is Eric? Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens? State Attorney General Eric Schmitt? Or maybe even Eric McElroy, who isn’t very well-known?
“I trust the Great People of Missouri to decide for themselves on this issue, just like they did when they gave me landslide victories in the 2016 and 2020 Elections, and I am proud to say that ERIC has my Complete and Total Endorsement!” Trump said in a statement that voters “must send a MAGA Champion and True Warrior to the U.S. Senate, someone who will fight for Border Security, Election Integrity, our Military, and Great Veterans, as well as being very tough on Crime and the Border.
When asked for a comment, Trump’s team said that the “endorsement speaks for itself” and didn’t say much else.
Supporters of both Greitens and Schmitt said that their candidate was the real winner of the endorsement or that the other guy wasn’t enough “Make America Great Again” to get Trump’s approval.
One of Trump’s advisers said that the fighting within the party showed how much power and influence the former president still has in the party.
“Instead of talking about Missouri, Eric and Eric are talking about what Trump’s support means,” the adviser said. “Yes, it’s a really great troll.
But Trump could have lost for sure if he hadn’t backed Greitens.
“A Trump endorsement is a wild card Greitens needs. “If he doesn’t get it, I don’t see how he can win,” said John Lamping, a former Missouri state senator and Republican.
Most public polls put Schmitt ahead of Greitens. In the crowded GOP field, Schmitt has about 30 percent support, while Greitens tends to get no more than 25 percent. In those polls, Rep. Vicky Hartzler and Greitens tied for second place based on the numbers.
Greitens started to fall after radio and TV ads from political committees funded by GOP establishment figures attacked the former governor for his sex scandal, allegations of domestic violence, and a trade mission he took to China.
Trump thought about endorsing Greitens for months, but he didn’t because he was worried about the sex scandal that forced Greitens out of office in 2018. And earlier this year, the former governor’s ex-wife said that he hurt her and their 3-year-old son. This made him feel bad. At the time, Dylan Johnson, who was in charge of Greitens’ campaign, said that the accusations were “politically motivated” and “flat-out lies.”
During a recent lobbying effort by Donald Trump Jr. and his fiancee Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is co-chairing Greitens’ campaign for the Senate, some people who follow Trump started to think the former president would choose Greitens.
But Schmitt also had Trump supporters on his side, like former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who was part of Trump’s defence team during his first impeachment trial.
Trump’s attitude toward Schmitt’s campaign seemed to change on Sunday, when he started complaining on his Truth Social website that Schmitt’s pollster, Jeff Roe, had released a survey of Missouri Republicans that didn’t show Trump’s dominance in a hypothetical 2024 presidential primary, especially against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. In 2020, Trump won Missouri by more than 15% of the vote.
In November, the Republican primary winner will face either former U.S. Marine Lucas Kunce or Trudy Busch Valentine, who is the heiress to the Busch family’s beer fortune.
Also, Republican John Wood, who was an investigator for the House committee that looked into the riot on January 6, said on Monday that he had turned in enough signatures to get on the ballot for the general election.

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