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Abuse allegations against former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens

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Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is facing calls to abandon his U.S. Senate campaign after his ex-wife accused him of physical violence against her and their children, and threatening her if she did anything "that might damage his political career."

Sheena Greitens, ex-wife of former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, said in a sworn affidavit Monday that Greitens knocked her down during an argument in 2018, and that she saw her then-husband strike their three-year-old son. Sheena Greitens also says she became afraid for her safety and the safety of her sons after the governor's resignation — which came after allegations of sexual misconduct during an affair.

Steve Vockrodt of the NPR Midwest Newsroom reports on the latest allegations of Greitens, which has prompted his rivals for the U.S. Senate to demand he drop out of the Republican primary immediately.

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