The Missouri Republican Party has given the Republican National Committee permission to spend money on behalf of Josh Hawley, the Missouri attorney general running for U.S. Senate. The decision comes despite 10 other GOP candidates still seeking the party’s nomination in an Aug. 7 primary.
The Missouri GOP has made this move just twice in the past dozen years.
Hawley has the endorsements of President Donald Trump and several prominent Missouri Republicans. He leads the GOP primary field in polling and fundraising as he eyes a potential general election contest with Sen. Claire McCaskill, the Democratic incumbent.
Austin Petersen, another candidate seeking the GOP nomination, decried the party’s decision. Hawley’s campaign released a statement supporting it.
“In 2012, Missouri Republicans failed to beat Claire McCaskill because the party failed to unite and choose a good candidate,” the statement said. “No Missouri Republican wants that to happen again.”
Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch