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Missouri Republican primary for U.S. Senate heats up during filing day

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMIZ)

Long lines wrapped around the Secretary of State's office as people from all over Missouri gathered to file for the August primary elections.

Candidate filing opened at 8 a.m. on Tuesday and will last until March 29 at 5 p.m. The filing is for many positions both state and national, but one election heating up during filing day is the Republican primary for U.S. Senator Roy Blunt's seat.

Possibly the most competitive race this election cycle, there are seven candidates filed for the Republican primary for the open U.S. Senate seat. The candidates in the Republican primary are Dave Schatz, Rep. Vicky Hartzler, Mark McCloskey, Attorney General Eric Schmitt, former governor Eric Greitens, Deshon Porter and Rep. Billy Long.

"I think the difference between me and the field, so to say, is that a lot of people can talk about things, a lot of people will give speeches about things, I'm actually doing something about it," Schmitt said.

Grietens is receiving a lot of heat from his opponents following a scandalous end to his governorship in 2018, but he says the criticism is all just lies and noise.

"All of the Missourians have seen now and we're so grateful that the truth has come to light," Grietens.

Hartzler received Sen. Josh Hawley's endorsement.

"I think we'll all be able to get behind the candidate, as long as it's not Grietens," Hartzler said. "It's not conservative to tie a woman up in your basement and to assault her."

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Hannah Falcon

Hannah joined the ABC 17 News Team from Houston, Texas, in June 2021. She graduated from Texas A&M University. She was editor of her school newspaper and interned with KPRC in Houston. Hannah also spent a semester in Washington, D.C., and loves political reporting.

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