Three other Republicans in the race propped up Mr Greitens: Rep. Vicky Hartzler, Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Mark McCloskey, the man best known for brandishing his gun outside his St. Louis home as protesters marched there. ‘last year. Some national Republican strategists fear that if Mr Greitens survives an overcrowded primary, he could prove toxic even in a heavily Republican state.
Mr Scott has pledged to remain neutral in the party’s primaries, but Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, has long preferred to promote candidates he thinks he could win in November.
“The only thing that matters to me is eligibility”, Mr McConnell says Politico this year. With Mr. Scott on the sidelines, a super PAC aligned with McConnell, the Senate Leadership Fund, is expected to do most of the intervention.
Mr. Trump, who often goes against Mr. McConnell’s tide, has appeared particularly engaged in racing in Arizona and Georgia, in large part because of his own narrow losses there. He publicly urged former footballer Herschel Walker to run for Georgia – Mr Walker did not engage in a campaign – and attacked Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, even after Mr Ducey had declared that he was not running for the Senate. Some Republican agents continue to hope to drag Mr. Ducey into the race.
Mr. Trump gave a first Senate approval in North Carolina to Representative Ted Budd, who raised $ 953,000, which is less than the $ 1.25 million former Gov. Pat McCrory withdrew. Some Republicans see Mr. McCrory as the strongest potential candidate due to his statewide winning record.
In Alaska, Kelly Tshibaka presents himself as the main pro-Trump challenger to Senator Lisa Murkowski, who voted to condemn Mr. Trump after his second impeachment. Ms Murkowski, who has not officially said if she is running again, raised more than double from Ms Tshibaka in the last quarter, from $ 1.15 million to $ 544,000.
In Alabama, Mr Trump gave Rep. Mo Brooks another early endorsement and recently attacked one of his rivals, Katie Britt, who is the former chief of staff to outgoing President Senator Richard Shelby. Ms. Britt entered the race in June, but she lifted Mr. Brooks by $ 2.2 million to $ 824,000. A third candidate, Lynda Blanchard, is a former Trump-appointed ambassador who loaned $ 5 million to her campaign.