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Lucas Kunce (D), a primary candidate in the 2022 open seat Senate race, has released a video announcing that he’s running in 2024 for the seat currently occupied by Josh Hawley (r):


My name is Lucas Kunce.

I’ve done a lot of running in my life,
running to stay healthy, running to fight for my country,
running to defend democracy.

Oh, and by the way, that guy you’re looking at,
that’s not me.

That’s our current U.S. Senator, Josh Hawley.
This guy.

Or maybe you’d better recognize him running for his life
a few hours later.

I swear, this coward’s always running from something.

And now this is the guy who’s writing a book,
telling every single one of us how to be a man.

Now, this is me, Lucas Kunce, running for Senate.
I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth,
but I did have the support of my community,
which made me who I am today.

When things get tough,
Missourians deserve a U.S. Senator
who will stand up for them – not run away.
That’s why I’m running to replace Josh Hawley.
Because we couldn’t be more different.

When his banker daddy sent Joshua to a fancy prep school
miles from his hometown,
my family in Jeff City was relying
on our neighbors to survive bankruptcy and medical bills.
When he graduated from law school,
he joined one of the world’s most elite corporate law firms.

I joined the Marine Corps to pay back
the community that took care of me.

When he was climbing the ladder
to become another corrupt politician,
I was serving my country
and working to put an end to overseas wars.

When giant corporations were stripping Missouri for parts,
he attacked workers and shipped our jobs away,
while I fought to take power back
for American workers and small businesses.

And when he voted against relief for vets
like me who were exposed to toxic burn pits,
I stood up alongside thousands of veterans
to hold him accountable.

I’m Lucas Kunce, and I approve this message,
because Josh Hawley is a fraud and a coward.
And by the time I’m done with him,
the whole world’s gonna know it.

So keep on running, Josh, keep on running.