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Karl Rove Denies Greitens Allegations That He and McConnell Orchestrated Plan to Get Greitens Out of Senate Race

FILE- In this May 17, 2018, photo, then Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens waits to deliver remarks to a small group of supporters near the capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. Greitens' political future seemed doomed by scandal when he resigned as Missouri governor. Now, he appears primed to test whether Sen. Roy Blunt's retirement provides a path for redemption within a Republican Party searching for direction after former President Donald Trump's election loss. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

(MISSOURINET) –  U.S. Senate candidate and former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens says GOP consultant, Karl Rove, knew in advance his ex-wife was going to accuse him of physical abuse.

Greitens says Rove and allies of Republican U.S. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell were in on a campaign to drive him from the race since Greitens opposes McConnell being the GOP Senate leader.

In an interview with KMBC-TV in Kansas City, Rove denies any advance knowledge of former Missouri First Lady Sheena Greitens alleging her ex-husband abused her and their children.

After the allegations surfaced, a new MoScout/Remington Research Poll of 914 likely Republican primary voters show Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt now leading the U.S. Senate race.

Schmitt leads with 24-percent, compared to Greitens’ 21-percent, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler’s 19-percent, Congressman Billy Long’s nine-percent, St. attorney Mark McCloskey’s five-percent, Missouri Senate President Dave Schatz’s three-percent and 19-percent are undecided.

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