ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Nearly a week after a narrow loss in Missouri's 3rd District congressional race, Republican Ed Martin is conceding to incumbent Democrat Russ Carnahan.
Martin had held out because of concern over a late surge of votes for Carnahan in the Nov. 2 general election. Carnahan beat Martin by about 4,400 votes in the St. Louis-area district.
But Martin said Tuesday that an evaluation did not determine any wrongdoing and he called Carnahan's office to concede. Carnahan was not in and Martin said he left a message.
The 3rd District has been in Democratic hands for decades. It was represented for many years in Congress by Dick Gephardt.
Martin says he hasn't decided what future role he will play in politics.
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