I Will Not Be a Candidate
In the above video Blunt announces "I won't be a candidate for the US Senate Next Year".
"Another lesson I learned here, finish strong, and I intend to. Thanks for giving me the chance to work for you."
Regardless of what one thinks of his politics, that was a classy exit by Roy Blunt.
5th Republican Announcement
Politico notes Roy Blunt Won't Run for Reelection in Latest Blow to GOP.
In announcing his retirement, Blunt joins GOP Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Richard Shelby of Alabama and Richard Burr of North Carolina, all of whom opted against seeking reelection in 2022. Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin have yet to reveal their plans.
Missouri is not likely to be a competitive state for Democrats on the Senate map next year — Trump won the state by 15 percentage points last year — though Blunt’s retirement is likely to set off a competitive primary battle to replace him and could give Democrats a chance to expand their 50-50 Senate majority.
The jockeying to replace Blunt is expected to begin in earnest. Just last week, Missouri’s scandal-plagued former Gov. Eric Greitens said he was “evaluating” whether to run for the seat in 2022.
On the GOP side, Greitens has already begun laying the groundwork as the pro-Trump, anti-Mitch McConnell candidate in the race. The former president and the Senate minority leader are at odds over the future of the GOP and the best way for the party to win back control of the Senate in 2022, with McConnell promising to back candidates regardless of their support for Trump, and the former president suggesting that McConnell should no longer lead Senate Republicans.
McConnell, for his part, said in a statement that Blunt’s retirement “will be a loss for the Republican conference and the entire Senate.”
Things Will Get Messy
Missouri could get very messy depending on Greitens. So can Pennsylvania and North Carolina, Iowa and Wisconsin.
Alabama is safely GOP, but there is sure to be a political mess somewhere.
These announced retirements are a benefit to the Democrats.