This From Ed Martin:
Yesterday was a perfect, crisp fall day. Walking into the polls to cast my vote, I thought “This is a great country. We settle our political differences at the ballot box.”
Candidly, I did not suspect that a pall would be cast over the vote Tuesday. We were on the alert for voter fraud, with teams of poll challengers monitoring polls. However, early n the day we learned that election computer systems were down for a major portion of the day, making it difficult on voters and local election officials.
The we learned that a security firm with ties to Russ Carnahan’s campaign had been hired by the Board of Elections. We do not know why they were hired, or what their role was for this election.
We also saw a mathematically implausible midnight surge of thousands of votes from a handful of precincts.
Missourians deserve to have their elections free and fair, and unfortunately Robin Carnahan’s office has not pursued the sort of clean voter rolls needed to have complete faith in an electoral outcome. We will investigate, and keep you posted.
Thank you all for your support and prayers. We ran an exemplary race, and I am proud. I will do all I can to make sure the outcome is in fact what the voters wanted.