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Former Missouri GOP Gov. Eric Greitens launches Senate bid

Former Missouri GOP Gov. Eric Greitens launches Senate bid
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Former Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens on Monday announced a bid to replace retiring Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntBiden to meet with 6 GOP senators next week Republicans embrace Trump in effort to reclaim Senate GOP attorneys general group in turmoil after Jan. 6 Trump rally MORE (R-Mo.). 

Greitens’s announcement came nearly three years after he resigned as governor amid mounting scandals, including allegations that he photographed a woman nude without her consent in an effort to conceal an extramarital affair. 

Despite the scandals, Greitens has floated a Senate bid for weeks, even before Blunt announced his retirement earlier this month. On Monday, he made his decision official. 

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“I have been so encouraged by the people of Missouri that I am happy to announce tonight that I am running for the United States Senate to continue serving the people of Missouri,” Greitens told Fox News’s Bret Baier. 

Other potential Republican candidates for Blunt’s seat include Reps. Ann WagnerAnn Louise WagnerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - House GOP drama intensifies; BIden sets new vax goal Gender politics hound GOP in Cheney drama The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Can Cheney defy the odds and survive again? MORE and Jason SmithJason Thomas SmithGender politics hound GOP in Cheney drama Death should not be a taxable event — it's time to end the estate tax GOP ramps up attacks on Biden's border wall freeze MORE. Two other would-be hopefuls, Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe and Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, announced this month that they will not run for Blunt’s seat in 2022. 

A former swing state, Missouri has shifted to the right in recent years. But Democrats are still planning to contest the state in the midterms. So far three Democrats have jumped into the race: Marine veteran Lucas Kunce, activist Tom Shepard and former state Sen. Scott Sifton.

Both parties have much at stake in the 2022 midterms, which will determine which party will control Congress for the second half of President BidenJoe BidenBiden to meet with 6 GOP senators next week Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit On The Money: Five takeaways on a surprisingly poor jobs report | GOP targets jobless aid after lackluster April gain MORE’s first term in office. 

Republicans need to gain only one Senate seat next year to win back the majority, forcing Democrats to go on offense even in Republican-leaning states as they look to firm up their control of the upper chamber.