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Former Gov. Eric Greitens is viewed by many Republicans as the candidate most likely to jeopardize a GOP-held Senate seat. Yet he’s leading in primary polls in Missouri.

The scandal-plagued former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is armed with a solid base, right-wing media savvy and a billionaire backer. | Jeff Roberson/AP Photo

By NATALIE ALLISON

10/25/2021 04:30 AM EDT

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Missouri’s open Senate race features a crowded cast of conservative characters. There’s the self-described “farm girl,” the auctioneer on a bus tour, a state attorney general suing China, and the guy who stood on his lawn and pointed an AR-15 at protesters.

Then there’s the state’s disgraced former Gov. Eric Greitens — and they all agree he must be stopped.

Greitens is a formidable presence in the race, armed with a solid base, right-wing media savvy and a billionaire backer. But the scandal-plagued Greitens is also viewed by many Republicans — both nationally and in Missouri — as the candidate most likely to jeopardize a GOP-held Senate seat. With the Senate majority in sight in next year’s midterm elections, the prospect of blowing the opportunity weighs heavily on party minds.

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