This is a theory, not a conspiracy theory mind you, but I believe something maybe going on behind the scenes in D.C. I believe a deal may have been made (and many others to come) in order to avoid criminal corruption charges, Blunt simply goes away when his term expires. I have no proof this is true, but I have seen things (videos) where Mr. Blunt is not exactly Mr. Goody Two Shoes.
Jefferson City; Washington, D.C.
Missouri is now solidly a red state, and 2022 looks to be a red year.
In the last few weeks, I’ve seen out of the corner of my eye in my feed reader about several announced or floated primary challengers, one of the speculated names was Eric Greitens.
Add it all up, and I think the reason Blunt is retiring isn’t because he fears he would lose in November 2022, it’s because he fears he will not win in August 2022. There must be internal polling data out there showing that his winning the Republican primary isn’t a sure thing.
Because 2022 is the mid-term for all Missouri statewide office holders other than the auditor, I expect at least two of them to try, because they won’t have to give up their current offices to do so.