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Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt jumps into Senate race

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt (R) on Wednesday announced his bid to fill Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntMissouri Republicans move to block Greitens in key Senate race On The Money: Biden, Senate GOP take step toward infrastructure deal as other plans hit speed bumps Senate GOP to give Biden infrastructure counteroffer next week MORE's (R) seat.

Schmitt, who has served as the state’s attorney general since 2019, officially announced his campaign on "Fox & Friends," saying that the nation’s capital “needs more fighters.”

“Washington, D.C. needs more fighters, needs more reinforcements to save America, so after a lot of reflection, support from folks back home and on behalf of the people of the great state of Missouri, I'm announcing my candidacy for United States Senate,” Schmitt said.

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When asked why he’s running and what his candidacy means for the Senate and for the GOP, Schmitt said he’s spent his time defending former President TrumpDonald TrumpSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans Navajo Nation president on Arizona's new voting restrictions: An 'assault' on our rights The Memo: Lawmakers on edge after Greene's spat with Ocasio-Cortez MORE’s "America First" agenda and the "prosperity" that came with it, including securing borders and striving for energy independence and “more opportunities for Americans.”

“I think you look around and increasingly it feels like our culture and our country is slipping away, and all the levers of power right now in Washington, D.C. are tilted towards the Democrats,” Schmitt added.

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Schmitt went on to say that he's now spending his time pushing back against President BidenJoe BidenWarren calls for US to support ceasefire between Israel and Hamas UN secretary general 'deeply disturbed' by Israeli strike on high rise that housed media outlets Nation's largest nurses union condemns new CDC guidance on masks MORE as the former VP “tries to dismantle” what Trump had accomplished.

Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) on Monday launched his candidacy for Blunt’s seat, almost three years after he resigned from the governorship following mounting scandals, including allegations that he photographed a woman nude without her consent in an attempt to hide an extramarital affair.

Other potential GOP candidates include Reps. Ann WagnerAnn Louise WagnerMissouri Republicans move to block Greitens in key Senate race Democratic Kansas City, Mo., mayor eyes Senate run The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - House GOP drama intensifies; BIden sets new vax goal MORE and Jason SmithJason Thomas SmithMissouri Republicans move to block Greitens in key Senate race Democratic Kansas City, Mo., mayor eyes Senate run Gender politics hound GOP in Cheney drama MORE. Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe and Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft both announced that they will not throw their hats in the ring for Blunt’s seat.

Blunt earlier this month unexpectedly announced that he would not run for reelection in 2022, becoming the fifth GOP senator to announce retirement ahead of the midterm elections.

The 2022 Senate elections are highly anticipated by both parties, as they will determine the Senate majority for the second half of Biden’s first term in office.