Missouri Republican Ed Martin “announced Monday that he will run for the Senate, joining what looks like it will be a crowded Republican primary to take on Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) next year,” Hotline On Call reports.
"Today I’m announcing that I’m running for the United States Senate in 2012," Martin said in a web video early Monday morning.
Martin’s entry into the race has been expected for a couple weeks and adds a new dynamic to the Republican primary. Before Martin, only former Missouri Treasurer Sarah Steelman (R) had jumped into the race.
Martin “founded a Tea Party group last year and capitalized on their support during his unsuccessful congressional bid against Rep. Russ Carnahan (D) last year.”