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Aug. 8, 2012JEFFERSON CITY, MO |  By: AP

State Races 1

Ed Martin has won the Republican primary for Missouri attorney general, setting up a November race with Democratic incumbent Chris Koster.

Martin, who was chief of staff to former Gov. Matt Blunt, defeated Livingston County prosecutor Adam Warren in Tuesday's GOP primary. Even before the primary, Martin tried to link Koster to President Barack Obama. Koster was unopposed in the Democratic primary Tuesday. 4 years ago, he won a Democratic contest that was close enough to allow for a recount.. Congressman Todd Akin has won a hard-fought Republican primary for the right to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill. Akin on Tuesday topped businessman John Brunner and former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman in a primary in which all 3 leading candidates portrayed themselves as the top conservative choice. McCaskill was unopposed in the Democratic primary. The 65-year-old Akin 1st won election to a suburban St. Louis seat in the U.S. House in 2000 after narrowly prevailing in a five-way Republican primary. He campaigned for Senate by highlighting that he was once ranked as the most conservative member of Missouri's congressional delegation. Akin may have also gained some support from McCaskill, who ran a TV ad focused on Akin's conservative credentials while concluding he is too conservative.