Candidates converge on Missouri state capitol to file for 2022 campaigns

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO– The 2022 campaign cycle is now officially open in Missouri. Months after candidates began raising funds, garnering endorsements and courting voters, Tuesday marked the first day to file for the Aug. 2 primaries.

Candidates began filing their places on the ballot at 8 a.m. at the office of the Missouri secretary of state. As of 9 a.m., St. Louis attorney Mark McCloskey and former Missouri governor Eric Greitens had already filed their candidacies in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate, with both candidates speaking on national themes related to billionaire George Soros and St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Garnder. US Representative Billy Long, who was also seeking the Senate seat in a crowded primary, sought to combat speculation he had no way forward in the race and said he would not change to run for re-election to the House.

Other early filers spotted include Ben Samuels, a Creve Coeur Democrat seeking the second congressional district seat currently held by Republican Ballwin Ann Wagner.

This story will be updated throughout the day with coverage and interviews with the contestants.

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