Former President Donald Trump threw his endorsement into the ring for the Republican Senate race in the Missouri primary. Both main contenders, Eric Greitens and Eric Schmitt, claimed the endorsement.
The endorsement was long-awaited by Trump’s fanbase in Missouri, and people questioned why he had not shown a favorite for the race. Finally, the night before the primary race, Trump chose to hedge his bets.
“There is a BIG election in the Great State of Missouri,” Trump said. “I trust the Great People of Missouri, on this one, to make up their own minds … I am therefore proud to announce that ERIC has my Complete and Total Endorsement!”
There are actually three Erics in the Missouri race. There are two top contenders in that race, the two Eric’s who have claimed the Trump endorsement. Greitens is a scandal-plagued former governor. Schmitt is the state attorney general.
Experts say they believe Trump wanted to be on the winning side of the nomination, and therefore just went with a first name in order to say he was right. The third is a long-shot candidate, Eric McElroy.
Another Eric, Trump’s second son, did not immediately comment not the shenanigans.
Eric Schmitt ended up winning the Republican primary. He will now advance in the state’s continuing unpredictable senate race. The St. Louis County native’s victory comes as a relief to many Republicans throughout the state, who were worried that a win by scandal-plagued former Gov. Eric Greitens would jeopardize what many see as a surefire GOP seat.
There were 21 people in total running in the primary to succeed U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, who is not running for reelection. There were six major candidates in the race, including the other Eric.
Trump’s endorsement has not packed as much of a punch as he has wanted to this year, with many of his chosen candidates, especially in high-profile races, not winning their seats.