The two declared Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate in 2022 are in a dead heat, according to a recent Remington/MO Scout poll.
If the primary election were held today, 40 percent would choose former Gov. Eric Greitens and 39 percent would vote for Attorney General Eric Schmitt. Twenty-one percent remain undecided. The survey also took a look at how Greitens and Schmitt would fare if any of the other rumored Republicans jump into the race to replace the outgoing Roy Blunt. In all cases, Greitens fared better than Schmitt.
If Congressman Jason Smith — a staunch Trump ally who could garner the former president’s endorsement — runs, Greitens leads with 36 percent, followed by Schmitt with 29 percent and Smith with 19 percent. The undecided vote sits at 19 percent. With Congresswoman Ann Wagner in the race, 18 percent of voters said they would choose her, compared to 38 percent who would stick with the former governor and 26 percent who would back the attorney general. In this race, 18 percent of voters said they were undecided.
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Under the option of a full slate of candidates — Greitens, Schmitt, Smith, Wagner, Congressman Billy Long, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler and businessman John Brunner — 31 percent of likely voters picked Greitens. However, 18 percent chose Schmitt, 14 percent are undecided, 12 percent backed Wagner, 9 percent picked Smith, 8 percent chose Hartzler and 2 percent sided with Brunner.
Most of the voters polled said they considered themselves to be Trump Republicans (45 percent). Twenty-three percent identified as traditional and establishment; 12 percent as evangelical and 3 percent as libertarian. Greitens and Schmitt are the only Republicans who have officially jumped into the race. Smith is holding a reception at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home later this month.
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice