Gov. Eric Greitens delivers the keynote address at the St. Louis Area Police Chiefs Association 27th Annual Police Officer Memorial Prayer Breakfast on April 25, 2018, at the St. Charles Convention Center.

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Governor's Resignation Could Seriously Affect Senate Race, Professor Says

May 31, 2018 - 8:57 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Could Eric Greitens sudden downfall have an impact on the upcoming showdown between incumbent US Senator Claire McCaskill and her likely Republican opponent, Attorney General Josh Hawley?

UMSL Professor and political analyst Dave Robertson says it certainly could.

“I think the problem for Hawley is because he has called for Greitens’ resignation, those remaining Greitens loyalists are not going to be terribly enthusiastic about Hawley in the fall,” he says.

He adds that those who dislike Greitens could be motivated by attack ads tying him to Hawley to vote for McCaskill. On the other hand, Greitens' resignation could help the party unify and get behind Attorney General Josh Hawley's effort to unseat Senator McCaskill.

Robertson says that despite stepping down, Greitens will remain visible in a couple of ways.

“The most important of which is the possibility of continued legal discussions that could keep him in the news and keep the scandals alive,” he says.

 On the plus side, Robertson says, Greitens' resignation could free up money that the GOP had been asking donors to give to his defense fund.