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Hawley endorsing Congresswoman Hartzler in 2022 Senate race

U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler has landed the endorsement of would-be colleague Josh Hawley in her 2022 Senate bid, an endorsement that one expert on Monday called “a shot in the arm” and another called “perplexing.”

Hawley on Saturday announced his support of Hartzler during a Republican gathering in suburban St. Louis. Hartzler is among several Republican candidates seeking the Senate seat.

She faces a crowded field of candidates that includes former Gov. Eric Greitens, Attorney General Eric Schmitt, fellow U.S. Rep. Billy Long and St. Louis lawyer Mark McCloskey, who gained attention in 2020 when he and his wife emerged from their home with guns to confront racial injustice protesters.