Eric Greitens, the former Missouri governor accused of sexual assault and domestic abuse, lost his bid for the GOP Senate nomination Tuesday to Attorney General Eric Schmidt.
Schmitt’s victory was a relief for many Republicans in the state, who worried that Greitens’ baggage could cost the party the Senate seat in November.
Donald Trump has come under intense pressure from allies to support both Greitens and Schmidt, with Kimberly Guilfoyle — the friend of Donald Trump Jr. — working for Greitens and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) pushing for Schmidt.
Schmitt’s victory marks the end of a race that also resulted in two House members — Vicky Hartzler, who came in second place, and Billy Long — and that some Republicans feared would leave them with a weak general election candidate if Greitens had won.