Sen. Roy Blunt says he won’t run next year, potentially clearing way crowded for GOP primary

JEFFERSON CITY — In an announcement that instantly shook Missouri’s political landscape, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt said Monday morning he would not run for reelection in 2022.

“After 14 general election victories — three to county office, seven to the United States House of Representatives and four statewide elections — I won’t be a candidate for reelection to the United States Senate next year,” Blunt, a Republican first elected to the Senate in 2010, said in a video posted to Twitter.