Here in the land of competitive race # 2 the decision of fmr. Sen. Jim Talent to sit out the 2012 Senate race looks to ensure a rather large pool of contenders to challenge Claire McCaskill
This morning the guy who narrowly lost to my Congressman Russ Carnahan in Nov–Ed Martin announced he is upping the ante and will run for Senate
Other Missouri Republicans who have won House races are also looking to jump in–including Jo Ann Emerson and Sam Graves.
Sarah Steelman–the former state treasurer who lost a GOP primary for Gov. in 2008 is the only other candidate besides Martin to announce.
The MO Republican establishment has little use for Steelman, but she came close to knocking off their pick for Governor 3 yrs. ago–then Rep. Kenny Hulshof.
If the establishment can’t rally around one of these folks Steelman could win a contested primary, but will the party be as unified as they need to be to knock off McCaskill?Share on Facebook