Missouri Representative Vicky Hartzler has entered the Senate race to replace retiring GOP Senator Roy Blunt. Hartzler joins an already crowded field of opponents, including former Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and former Governor Eric Greitens,
The Hill report:
Hartzler has represented Missouri’s vast 4th Congressional District since 2011, winning her seat after narrowly defeating 17-term incumbent Rep. Ike Skelton.
In a video announcing her campaign, Hartzler cast the U.S. as being in a state of “crisis,” echoing a common Republican talking point that the Democratic Party is barreling the country toward socialism.
“The Democrat Party has been taken over by socialists and they are endangering our security, bankrupting our nation, killing our jobs, fueling inflation, harming our children, defending our police, shredding our freedoms and rewriting our history,” Hartzler said.
“They are destroying the country you and I love, and they must be stopped,” she added.
Mark McCloskey is also running for the Missouri Senate seat. McCloskey gained national attention last year after he and his wife waved guns at racial injustice protesters in St. Louis.