Even at 6am, which is the time Republican Congressional candidate Ed Martin stopped by our station for an interview this morning, he was smiling. Our efforts to get his opponent Democrat Russ Carnahan to talk about this election have been unsuccessful so far.
But Martin has reason to feel optimistic about his chances in November. His thought is if people in a liberal state like Massachusetts( "bluest of the blue" as he put it) can elect a Republican, folks in the St. Louis area certainly might elect him.
On the upset victory by Scott Brown, Martin of South St. Louis told me, "It definitely makes you think things are changing and people are looking at politics and elected offices in a different way."
Kit Bond invited the media over to talk about the Midwest-China hub project and after a few minutes of talking about his optimism there it was time to talk about last night's election.
"This shows us that Massachusetts voters feel the same way Missouri voters have told me they feel about the health care bill," said Bond. "It's time to stop it. Go back and start over."
Bond says he believes what happened last night could have an impact on the mid-term elections or at the very least be a wake-up call for those up for election or re-election.