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First on Fox: Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmidt, one of the front-runners in his state’s open seat race for the Republican Senate nomination, is taking a “blowtorch” to what he calls President Biden’s “socialist agenda” in a provocative new campaign commercial.

“I think Joe Biden is a total disaster. That’s why I’m taking my blowtorch to his socialist agenda,” Schmidt said in his new statement, which was first shared with Fox News on Tuesday.

“As your attorney general, I stopped Biden’s open border policies. I sued to get rid of Fauci’s COVID orders. I stood with President Trump to stop election fraud,” Schmidt highlighted. “In the Senate, I will turn up the heat on the Biden Democrats. I embrace this message because now is the time to take our country back.”

Schmidt’s campaign says it is spending $650,000 to run the spot on TV in the St. Louis media market, Missouri’s largest market.

Missouri GOP Primary Battle: Schmidt wins another conservative nod

Schmidt, who won two statewide elections in Missouri — for treasurer and then attorney general — has made headlines over the past year and a half filing lawsuits against the Biden administration. GOP Sena. He is one of more than 20 Republicans vying for their party’s Senate nomination in the state’s Aug. 2 primary in the race to succeed retiring Roy Blunt.

But Schmidt is one of the frontrunners in the primary, along with former Gov. Eric Greitens, who left office amid much controversy in 2018, and Rep. Vicki Hartzler in Missouri’s 4th Congressional District, a largely rural west-central area. the state In the GOP race, Rep. Billy Long of the state’s 7th Congressional District in southwest Missouri and Mark McCloskey, a St. Louis attorney, grabbed national headlines by holding guns outside their homes to warn of the summer of 2020. of Black Lives Matter protesters.

Cruz backs Schmidt in Missouri’s competitive GOP Senate primary

Schmidt’s announcement comes weeks after Greitens sparked much controversy and was heavily criticized by both Democrats and Republicans for a campaign video released by his team. In the ad, Greitens touts his Navy SEAL service in the video, where he’s holding a shotgun and surrounded by a tactical team — and promotes “bagging and tagging,” which he calls “RINO hunting.” Moderate Republicans with “RINO Hunting Permits”.

The video’s release comes amid a national spotlight on political violence, following recent deadly mass shootings and threats to government officials. And the controversy surrounds Greitens, who is trying to move past graphic allegations of domestic abuse and violence by his ex-wife in an affidavit filed in March in their child custody case.

But Greitens’ video may have appealed to some Republican primary voters, and Schmidt’s ad appears to be playing to the same audience without controversy.

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Missouri was once a competitive state but has become Republican in recent decades.

Former President Bill Clinton was the last Democrat to win the state in a White House race in 1996, and then-Sen. Claire McCaskill’s 2012 victory was the last time a Democrat won a Senate election in the state. Former President Donald Trump won the state by 18 points in 2016 and 16 points last November.