Thursday, May 21, 2009

Blunt Nabs 18 of 23 GOP Senators

Congressman Roy Blunt's campaign for U.S. Senate announced the endorsements of 18 Republican State Senators Thursday, including Springfield's Norma Champion and the GOP leadership.

The list includes:
State Senators Norma Champion, Dan Clemens, Jane Cunningham, Tom Dempsey, Kevin Engler, Jack Goodman, John Griesheimer, Jim Lembke, Rob Mayer, Gary Nodler, David Pearce, Luann Ridgeway, Kurt Schaefer, Eric Schmitt, Delbert Scott, Charlie Shields, Bill Stouffer and Carl Vogel.

As Jason Rosenbaum notes, it's always more interesting to see who's NOT on the list. Those Senators include: Matt Bartle, Jason Crowell, Brad Lager, Chuck Purgason and Scott Rupp.

"So many State Senators are supporting Roy Blunt because he is the strongest candidate to beat Robin Carnahan in the general election," said Senate Majority Floor Leader Kevin Engler in a statement.

Former U.S. ambassador Tom Schweich and former state treasurer Sarah Steelman are also mulling bids.

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