In the first poll released since the latest scandal surrounding former Governor Eric Greitens detailing allegations of domestic violence, child abuse and sworn testimony that he actually took a picture of his former mistressalleged by former first lady Sheena Greitens, shows Attorney General Eric Schmit taking the lead in the US Senate race.
The survey was conducted by Remington Research Group, on behalf of Missouri Scout.
Eric Schmitt: 24%
Eric Greitens: 21%
Vicky Hartzler: 19%
Billy Long: 9%
Marc McCloskey: 5%
David Schatz: 3%
“Our historic campaign for the U.S. Senate is enjoying unprecedented support and momentum as we continue to fight to put Missouri and America first. We remain in the best position to keep the seat open for the Missouri red and win the fight next November,” said Senate race leader Eric Schmitt.
Sheena Greitens’ sworn affidavit contains her statement: “In early June 2018, I feared for my safety and that of our children in our home, which was quite isolated, due to Eric’s unstable and coercive behavior. This behavior included physical abuse of our children, such as handcuffing our then three-year-old son across the face at the table in front of me and pulling him by the hair.
She went on to describe an incident she says happened in April 2018 when Eric Greitens ran her over and took her cellphone, wallet and keys. She said he later admitted to having done so in order to “prevent me from doing anything that might harm his political career”. She also said her son returned from a visit with Eric Greitens once “with a swollen face, bleeding gums and a loose tooth” which later had to be surgically removed. She said the son said Eric Greitens hit him; Eric Greitens told her they had been “roughed up,” Sheena Greitens said.
Greitens claimed that these allegations are “completely fabricated and ‘baseless’, he also stated that he is “seeking full custody of my sons, and for them I will continue to pray for their mother and hope that she will get the help it needs”.
Many Republican politicians in Missouri are now calling on Greitens to drop out of the Senate race amid the allegations. Josh Hawley said, “If you hit a woman or a child, you belong in handcuffs, not the United States Senate. It’s time for Eric Greitens to leave this race.
Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler also said, “I have one thing I want to say. Real men never abuse women and children, period. It’s time for Eric to get out of this Senate race and get some professional help.”
Billy Long, Dave Schatz, Caleb Rowden, Lucas Kunce, Scott Sifton and Eric Schmitt all agreed that Greitens should end his campaign immediately and drop out of the Senate race.
Missouri Scout is a subscription-only Missouri political news service, edited by Dave Drebes, available at moscout.com.