By The Hill Staff - 06/11/09 04:21 PM EDT
Rep. Roy Blunt’s (R-Mo.) path in a Senate primary cleared after Washington University law Professor Thomas Schweich opted not to run and announced his support for Blunt.
Schweich said in a statement: “I have met Republicans throughout the state to discuss the Senate race. These conversations were very helpful to me. However, as a result of these discussions, I have concluded that my entering the race would be divisive and probably lower the chances of keeping Sen. Bond’s seat in Republican hands.”
Schweich then went a step further, endorsing Blunt.
“I have also had the chance to speak with Rep. Roy Blunt, and he has addressed in a forthright and admirable way the issues that I and others have previously raised about his candidacy,” Schweich said.
Schweich’s sentiments represent a sharp shift from last month, when he accused Blunt of mounting a “smear campaign” against him.
Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan is the lone major candidate on the Democratic side for Bond’s seat.