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Missourian Challenges Senator Josh Hawley in 2024 Senate Election

Republican Senator Josh Hawley's actions on January 6, 2021, have spurred an independent run against him in the 2024 U.S. Senate race for Missouri.

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María Alejandra Trujillo
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Missourian Challenges Senator Josh Hawley in 2024 Senate Election

It was January 6, 2021, when Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri, a controversial figure, was seen raising his fist in solidarity to supporters of then-President Donald Trump. This event occurred moments before the same crowd stormed the U.S. Capitol. Hawley's refusal to denounce Trump's claims about election fraud has led to a significant backlash, sparking an independent run against him in the upcoming 2024 U.S. Senate race for Missouri.

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Jared Young Enters the Race

Jared Young, a previously supportive voter of Hawley, announced his candidacy against the incumbent senator. Young's disillusionment with Hawley's conduct surrounding the January 6 insurrection led him to pen an op-ed in the Kansas City Star, detailing his reasons for joining the race. Drawing a comparison between Hawley and Aaron Burr, as depicted in the popular musical 'Hamilton,' Young criticized Hawley's self-aggrandizing behavior and perceived hypocrisy.

Hawley's Unapologetic Stance

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Despite the criticism, Hawley has shown no signs of regret for his actions on January 6. He has refrained from apologizing and, instead, appears to be capitalizing on the event for political gain. Young points out that merchandise related to that day is available for purchase on Hawley's website, a move that seemingly cements the insurrection as a selling point for Hawley's political brand.

2024 U.S. Senate Race for Missouri

As the 2024 U.S. Senate race for Missouri draws near, the state's voters are faced with a decision. They must choose between Hawley, a senator accused of encouraging an insurrection, and Young, a newcomer to the political scene who seeks accountability for the events of January 6. The race, no doubt, will be closely watched by the nation as it unfolds against the backdrop of a still-divided America.

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