According to the latest news, Republican Senator Roy Blunt will be seeking re-election in 2022. He announced his retirement from Congress this Monday, March 8th.
Roy Blunt announced his decision to not run for re-election in a video message. He said, “After 14 General Election victories — three to county office, seven to the United States House of Representatives, and four state-wide elections — I won’t be a candidate for re-election to the United States Senate next year.” The announcement came quite unexpectedly but not surprisingly for many.
Sen. Roy Blunt To Retire From Congress
Several officials believe that this was foreseeable as the Republican Party is grappling for a future, now that the Trump era is a bygone one. To add to this conjecture, Roy Blunt did not provide any reason for his decision. However, he announced that he has taken the decision based on the information that is available to him presently. His statement read, “In almost 12,000 votes in the Congress, I’m sure I wasn’t right every time, but you really make that decision based on the information you have at the time.”
Sen. Roy Blunt adds to the team of Republican senators including Richard Shelby, Rob Portman, Richard Burr and Pat Toomey, who have also announced they will not run for re-election next year. On the other hand, no Democrat Senators have handed in their decision to not run for the 2022 re-elections.
However, despite the vacancy, the seat is not likely to be filled by a fellow Democrat Senator. Sources suggest that the seat is expected to stay with the Republicans.
Before leaving office, Roy Blunt mentions that there is a lot to finish. He adds to his statement by saying, “Another lesson I learned here: Finish strong. And I intend to.”