Missouri sends a lot of mediocrity to DC, which is nothing out of the ordinary compared to its neighbors. However the race to look forward to in this state is the primary battle between the next Marco Rubio and the next Rand Paul. Josh Hawley is young and popular much like Marco Rubio, at the beginning of the decade. He’s friends with the right people. As a result he is starting to resemble Marco Rubio over an actual Conservative. Austin Petersen in contrast has never resembled anything close to an establishment politician. He would be a libertarian voice to join Rand Paul. One of these two will have the pleasure of facing Claire McCaskill who is an extremely leftist Senator who won thanks to the infamous “legitimate rape” comment and the lackluster efforts of Mitt Romney. This is an easier seat to take in state where the GOP is doing well, though not without scandal… This race will also examine the effectiveness of social media candidates. Austin Petersen is perhaps the most prominent SM Candidate since Trump, if you count him as one. So far, they have not performed well. But if Petersen can muster 30%, I’d say we have a real phenomenon on our hands.
Best Picks: Austin Petersen, Billy Long
Worst Picks: Blaine Luetkemeyer, Vicky Hartzler
Best Race: District 7
Worst Race: District 2
This race comes down to Josh Hawley and Austin Petersen. Despite several Conservative publications even the article ranking this as one of the more important primaries noted Hawley as a young rising Conservative. however the deeper one looks at Josh Hawley, the less Conservative he appears. His campaign website features no real positions on any issues. He has the endorsement of Mitch McConnell and even Trump who has a poor track record of endorsing Conservative candidates. Austen Petersen was the former Libertarian Party candidate for President. He is the strongest and most strategic candidate on the 2nd Amendment. He believes we need to play offense for our liberties not defense. As a result, he auctions off guns and 3D printers for his campaign. Austen Petersen is the social media candidate. Several Conservative pundits have endorsed him, such as Ben Shapiro, and even the not-completely-leftist Dave Rubin has embraced Petersen. The only thing Petersen doesn’t have the backing of is a major political organization. Hawley, by contrast, has the power and might of the MOGOP behind him trying to keep the anti-establishment candidate down. I join the rest of the Conservative Pundits.
Conservative Pick: Austin Petersen
This is a strong blue seat, with three Republicans vying for it. Edward Van Deventer Jr. is the most Conservative and the most serious.
Conservative Pick: Edward Van Deventer Jr.
Ann Wagner is a RINO with an atrocious spending record. Her opponent Noga Sachs isn’t a conservative and runs on “pragmatic solutions” which usually means increasing spending. Neither of these candidates are running on fiscal responsibility. Though it’s worth mentioning, to be fair to her, that she is strong on the 2nd Amendment.
Conservative Pick: None
Blaine Luetkemeyer is another gaping RINO. Chadwick Bicknell is his opponent and seems to be running from the right.
Conservative Pick: Chadwick Bicknell
Vicky Hartzler is another big spender. She is opposed by John Webb. Webb is by far the more Conservative choice here. In 2016, he ran and lost by nearly 45 points. In 2014, he lost by nearly 50. He looks to maintain his improvement.
Conservative Pick: John Webb
The most serious candidate seems to be Kress Cambers. He is the choice of Trump fans in this race. It’s unclear how he would act on budget issues.
Conservative Pick: Kress Cambers
Sam Graves is an unchallenged, career RINO.
Billy Long is an average congressman, a compliment compared to the below average Republicans Missouri sends. However he missed a ton of key votes this time around. No one can fault a Congressman when his daughter had pressing medical issues. But this has attracted some opponents. He’s running against a couple names and a former Democrat.
Conservative Pick: Billy Long
Jason Smith has been a reliable Conservative in the House. He is unopposed.