Greitens launched his Fox News listing last week, pledging to be a “fighter” for the state and ally of former President Donald Trump.
Schmitt was elected treasurer in 2016, appointed attorney general when Josh Hawley was elected to the Senate, and won his election last year by more than 20 points.
“Now, more than ever, Missourians need a conservative leader who is willing and able to stand up to the left, protect our values and be a voice for all Missourians,” Schmitt said in a statement. “We also need a leader who can keep this Senate seat in solid Republican hands without giving the Democrats the chance to take that seat back.”
His statement noted that despite the state’s conservative stance, Republicans won the last two Senate races in competitions in Missouri. Blunt won by just 3 percentage points in 2016 and Hawley defeated then Sen. Claire McCaskill by 6 percentage points in 2018. He was also a pro-Trump Republican.
“Missourians know from my civil service that they can count on me to stand up against the Biden administration, fight to uphold President Trump’s America First agenda, and keep this seat in safe hands for Trump Republicans “said Schmitt.
Several other Republicans have their eyes on the seat, including Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick and MPs Vicky Hartzler, Jason Smith, Ann Wagner, and Billy Long. A crowded and divided field could benefit Greitens and lower the threshold of support he needs to navigate successfully in elementary school.
Two state officials, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft and Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe, said they wouldn’t run.
Several Democrats are running, including former Senator Scott Sifton, Navy veteran Lucas Kunce, and activist Tim Shepard.