In a change of course, Ed Martin announced yesterday that he will be a candidate for the position of Missouri Attorney General. While Mr. Martin never filed as a candidate for the 2nd. Congressional District, he was openly running for that position against Ann Wagner and more recently, Randy Jotte.

From STLToday: Ed Martin announced Thursday that he is running for Missouri attorney general — a surprise move that shifts the November ballot equation for the state GOP.

After initially seeking to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, Martin set his sights on an open seat in the state’s newly redrawn 2nd Congressional District, which includes most of St. Louis County.

But in that contest, Martin found a formidable primary foe in former diplomat and ex-state party chairwoman Ann Wagner, who had more than three times as much cash on hand as Martin. She also had scooped up many of the supporters that helped Martin’s near upset in 2010 of U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis, in a district that has not been friendly to Republicans.

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