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EXCLUSIVE: Republican Sen. Mike Lee is taking sides in Missouri’s crowded Republican Senate primary for the race to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Roy Blunt.
Lee, the two-term conservative senator from Utah, endorsed Missouri attorney General Eric Schmitt Tuesday in an announcement shared first with Fox News.
“As Attorney General, Eric Schmitt has been a relentless fighter who has taken action at every turn to stop the Biden administration’s radical agenda,” Lee said in a statement. “Eric Schmitt is the only candidate in Missouri’s U.S. Senate primary that has the Conservative credentials needed to deliver Republican victories for our nation. He has my strongest endorsement.”
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah., speaks during a news conference in the Capitol on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
In thanking Lee for his endorsement, Schmitt said “look forward to standing alongside him to fight back against illegal immigration, take on government overreach, and stand for the rule of law.”
Lee is the second high-profile Senate Republican to back Schmitt, following conservative firebrand Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who endorsed Schmitt in February.