JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A state senator from eastern Missouri is forgoing a re-election bid, potentially setting off a scramble among Republicans vying to replace him in the reliably GOP district.
Republican Sen. Brian Nieves, of Washington, withdrew Thursday after initially filing for re-election.
One candidate, House Republican Dave Schatz, of Sullivan, had already filed to challenge Nieves. But with Nieves’ exit, Republican House Speaker Tim Jones, of Eureka, is now also considering a run.
Jones says he will take time next week to weigh his options. Nieves did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A potential primary could be an expensive contest. Schatz loaned his campaign $350,000, and Jones reports having $900,000 in his campaign account.
The Senate district includes Franklin County and parts of western St. Louis County.
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