U-S Senate Candidates Talk About Each Other on Opening Day of Filing in Jefferson City

Candidates for the U-S Senate and Congressional races in Missouri showed up as early as 8 a.m. at the Missouri Secretary of State’s office on the opening day of filing for the August primary.

Former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens and St. Louis attorney Mark McCloskey had filed for their place on the ballot for U-S Senate by 9 a.m.

Southwest Missouri Congressman Billy Long, who also filed for U-S Senate Tuesday, used a press conference to go after his fellow GOP candidates.

Long’s primary target is Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, who also filed.

Hartzler has been endorsed by Missouri Senator Josh Hawley.

Long says he talked to Hawley recently, adding “I’m going to cancel his vote for Hartzler.”

Long also confirmed back in December, former President Donald Trump offered to endorse him if he dropped back to run for his U-S House seat.

Both Long and Hartzler say they’ve heard from Trump within the last 24 hours.

Long said he had a voice mail and Hartzler says she spoke to the former President, but there’s been no talk of an endorsement from him.

Hartzler told reporters Greitens is the only Republican candidate in the race she would not support if he won in August.

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