“After 14 overall election victories – three in the county office, seven in the United States House of Representatives and four state elections – I will not be running for re-election to the US Senate next year,” Blunt said in a video message.
The unexpected announcement marks the latest decision not to seek re-election by a pragmatic GNP senator who wants to reach the path in the post-Trump era as the Republican Party struggles with its future.
Even without an incumbent Republican, the seat is unlikely to compete with Democrats. While Blunt defeated Democrat Jason Kander in 2016 by less than 3 percentage points, Missouri is an increasingly Republican state. Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill lost nearly 6 percentage points in 201
Blunt, a close ally of Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell, has a long history of serving in Congress and a deep understanding of the institution.
He is currently a senior senator from Missouri and was elected to the Senate in 2010.
Blunt served as chairman of the Republican Senate Policy Committee and served as a senior Republican member of the Senate Rules Committee, a position that gave him great power behind the scenes and influence in the chamber’s internal work.
As a leading Republican on the Rules Committee, Blunt is working with his Democratic colleague, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, to reform the way Congress addresses the issue of sexual harassment among its own employees.
While Blunt’s Missouri colleague Sen. Josh Hawley was one of the most outspoken senators in his objections to counting some electoral votes, Blunt did not join the effort and played key roles in the official transition as one of the narrators who read the election credentials. for a vote on January 6 and as Chairman of the Joint Committee of the Congress on Inauguration Ceremonies.
He previously served as a leader in the House of Representatives.
In a video message, Blunt said: “In every job that the Missourians allowed me, I tried to do my best. With almost 12,000 votes in Congress, I’m sure I was wrong every time, but you really make that decision. based on the information you currently have. ”
This story was updated with further developments on Monday.