Missouri State Senator May Challenge Blunt For GOP Senate Nod
It’s anyone guess whether Missouri Rep. Roy Blunt will receive opposition for the Republican Senate nomination in next year’s primary election.
Less than a week after one potential Blunt challenger declined to enter the Senate race, Republican state Sen. Chuck Purgason late Tuesday announced an “exploratory” committee to gauge interest in a Senate campaign that would pit him against Blunt, a former GOP Whip who has the backing of party establishment figures.
Purgason was first elected in 2004 to a state Senate district in southern Missouri that abuts Blunt’s congressional district. Purgason was re-elected in 2008 with more than two-thirds of the vote. He previously served eight years in the Missouri House.