February 7, 2023

Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) asks questions during a joint Senate hearing on homeland security and government affairs, and Senate rules and administration, related to the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol on March 3, 2021 in Washington, DC to discuss.

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Missouri Republican Senator Roy Blunt said Monday he would not seek re-election in 2022.

“After 14 general election wins – three for the county office, seven for the United States House of Representatives and four national elections – I will not be a candidate for re-election to the United States Senate next year,” said Blunt in a video on Twitter .

The 71-year-old Blunt was elected to the Senate in 2010 after more than a decade in the House of Representatives.

Political analysts expect the seat to remain in Republican hands.

Blunt in the video didn’t give a specific reason why he didn’t seek re-election.

“In every job Missourians have given me, I’ve tried to do my best,” said Blunt. “With nearly 12,000 votes in Congress, I sure have not been right every time, but you really are making that decision based on the information you have at the time.”

“There is still a lot to be done and I look forward to every day this year and next as I continue to work for you in the Senate.”

“Another lesson I learned here: Finish strong. And that’s what I intend to do,” said the Senator.

Blunt won his first Senate race by a wide margin in 2010 and held his place against Democratic challenger Jason Kander in 2016.

Several Democrats have already announced their campaigns to get Blunt off the field in 2022.

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