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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The former Mayor of Florissant Thomas Schneider will file Tuesday to run as an independent for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Roy Blunt.

Schneider told the Post-Dispatch that he was inspired to enter the race because of a prediction by former U.S. Senator John Danforth that a center-right candidate would join the already crowded race.

Danforth made that claim in response to a new poll suggesting an independent candidate, one who promotes a message of unity instead of division, would have a strong chance of winning the general election.