Anheuser-Busch family heir and former nurse Trudy Bush Valentine won the Missouri Democratic U.S. Senate primary on Tuesday night.
Busch Valentine, 65, poured her $3 million into the game to help her beat the more progressive Lucas Kunce, 39, of Iraq and Afghanistan. War Marine Corps veteran worked at a think tank and struggled with corporate integration.
Bush Valentine, by contrast, ran as a moderate Democrat, emphasizing her desire to lower health care costs and opposing the Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe v. Wade.
The Associated Press announced Bush Valentine’s candidacy late Tuesday, and she won 43.2 percent of the vote, compared with 38.3 percent for Koons.
Bush Valentine will face Republican candidate Eric Schmidt and will be a serious loser in a state that former President Donald Trump won by 15 percentage points two years ago.
Although primary stakes appear low, both candidates attack each other, Koons draw attention In 1977, Busch Valentine was crowned queen of the controversial Masked Prophet Ball in St. Louis, an event at which neither Jews nor blacks were allowed to attend.
Koons has drawn national attention not only for his uncompromising stance on combating corporate power, but also for his willingness to use salty language, appear on conservative talk radio and the media, and speak out against Senator Berkeley. Nee Sanders (I-Vt.) with actor and Missouri native Jon Hamm.
But Bush Valentine gained more support locally, winning the support of Rep. Emanuel Cleaver and St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones, both of whom control black voters, who are the state’s A key part of the Democratic base.
The Missouri Senate seat opened after Republican Senator Roy Blunt announced his retirement last year.
Bush Valentine has caught the attention of one Republican: Trump jokes about her famous family, According to a political report.
“She’s not the weak Bush family,” Trump said, referring to the families of Presidents George HW and George W. Bush, with whom Trump has a feud. “She is the mighty Bush family.”