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Missouri Republicans eying Senate bids to hold fundraisers at Mar-a-Lago

Missouri Republicans eying Senate bids to hold fundraisers at Mar-a-Lago
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Two Missouri Republicans who are potentially looking to take the place of retiring Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntDemocratic Kansas City, Mo., mayor eyes Senate run Democrats, GOP agree on one thing: They're skeptical of a deal Senate panel deadlocks in vote on sweeping elections bill MORE (R) are headed to Florida for fundraisers at former President TrumpDonald TrumpWarren says Republican party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' More than 75 Asian, LGBTQ groups oppose anti-Asian crime bill McConnell says he's 'great admirer' of Liz Cheney but mum on her removal MORE's Mar-a-Lago resort.

A fundraiser invitation posted on Twitter by a reporter for The New York Times indicated that Rep. Billy LongWilliam (Billy) H. LongDemocratic Kansas City, Mo., mayor eyes Senate run Missouri Republicans eying Senate bids to hold fundraisers at Mar-a-Lago Twitter CEO pokes fun at Congress's hearing questions with 'yes or no' poll MORE (R-Mo.) would host a fundraiser at the club on April 28. The invitation touts Long's work on the House Energy and Commerce Committee as well as his support for "life, liberty, freedom and individual rights."

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A second Republican Missouri congressman, Jason SmithJason Thomas SmithDemocratic Kansas City, Mo., mayor eyes Senate run Gender politics hound GOP in Cheney drama Death should not be a taxable event — it's time to end the estate tax MORE, is set to host a fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago on April 30, according to the Springfield News-Leader. Smith will be joined at the event by a number of high-profile allies including the state's governor, Mike Parson (R), as well as South Dakota Gov. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemGovernment indoctrination, whether 'critical' or 'patriotic,' is wrong Montana governor approves restrictions on transgender athletes in schools The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney MORE (R) and Rep. Lauren BoebertLauren BoebertMaher on Biden's trillion plans: 'Thank God we got Mexico to pay for that wall' Democrats accuse GOP of new lows in culture wars Boebert takes out space blanket during Biden speech to draw attention to border surge MORE (R-Colo.).

Both Smith and Long are considered probable contenders to replace Blunt when he retires after next year; neither has announced officially, though both have openly stated they are considering the possibility and are seeking potential endorsements.

"I'll have a few minutes to remind him of all the times we worked together over the years and all the times on Air Force One and all the times I helped him and ... supported him every step of the way," Long said of his upcoming meeting with Trump, which he said was at the former president's request.

Their apparent contention for the former president's endorsement comes as the Senate race was upended by the addition of former Gov. Eric Greitens (R) to the field late last month, which has raised fears about whether the GOP can hold on to Blunt's seat should Greitens, who resigned amid allegations that he blackmailed a hairdresser with nude photos, win the Republican nomination.

Greitens faced federal charges over the allegations that were later dropped and has denied blackmailing the hairdresser while admitting to having an affair a year before he was elected governor.