(Columbia, Mo.)—The Missouri Republican State Committee elects Ed Martin as its new Chairman, booting out Chairman David Cole.

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The Committee voted 34 to 32 Saturday morning to elect Martin to the post, saying he has a long history of service to Missouri and the Republican Party. Martin ran for Missouri Attorney General in 2012 and brought his campaign to Hannibal last summer, but was defeated in the November election by Democratic incumbent Chris Koster.