Martin has also taken steps recently to increase his statewide name I.D. He is joining
the radio talk show circuit and has re-launched his website -- now named EdMartinForMissouri.com
The Republican also has a big name in his corner: Americans For Tax Reform's Grover Norquist
. Norquist has known Martin for several years and campaigned on his behalf in 2010.
In an interview, Norquist said his group doesn't endorse candidates in a primary. But, he went on, Martin is the type of candidate his group likes to get behind.
"I think he'd be a very good candidate," Norquist said. "I can speak very highly of how well he campaigns. I can speak very highly of him as a Reagan Republican and his ability to organize on a party level."