Show-Me Worsening Fear Of MAGA Dividing Missouri Republicans

The ominous orange shadow of the former President loomed large over Missouri Republicans this week.

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Despite being out of office for more than two years, Trump casts a long shadow over Missouri Republican politics. Few politicians in the past few decades have helped the GOP as much as Trump. His blowout wins in 2016 by nearly 19 percentage points and 2020 by more than 15 points in Missouri helped propel the party to victory in elections up and down the ballot.

“I think President Trump uniquely resonated with Missouri voters,” said U.S. Sen. Eric Schmitt, who endorsed Trump’s third bid for the White House. “He is someone who Missourians have proven they support by overwhelming numbers. … Missourians have supported him. I support him too.”

But others at Lincoln Days are wary of Trump’s return to the electoral fray. They contend that even if he can push Republicans in Missouri to victory, he proved in 2020 that he can’t win a general election against a Democratic opponent.

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