John Wood drops out of race for Missouri’s U.S. Senate seat

Published: Aug. 23, 2022 at 2:36 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 23, 2022 at 3:21 PM CDT
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOV) – John Wood has dropped out of the race for the U.S. Senate in Missouri.

Wood was running as an independent. On Tuesday, he announced he was ending his campaign because former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens did not win the GOP nomination.

In an email to supporters, Wood wrote, “I made the decision to run for the United States Senate when Eric Greitens was the favorite for the Republican nomination. That would have been unacceptable, embarrassing, and dangerous for my party, my state, and my Country. I believed Missouri voters deserved a truly principled, conservative choice this November and so did more than 22,000 Missourians who helped secure my position on the ballot.”

Wood added that he thinks he could have beaten Greitens.

“While I have significant differences of opinion with both the Republican and Democratic nominees, it has become evident there is not a realistic path to victory for me as an independent candidate,” he added.

Wood also thanked supporters, family, friends and campaign staff. He wrote that he “will continue to stand up for our democratic republic and oppose those who prioritize party and self-interest over the needs of our country however I can.”

Attorney General Eric Schmitt is the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate seat. The Democratic nominee is Trudy Busch Valentine.

Following Wood’s announcement, Valentine tweeted, “I invite any independent-minded Missourian who’s interested in defending and protecting the future of our democracy to join my campaign. I’ll be nobody’s Senator but yours.”