There is talk of a compromise candidate rising if Akin drops out, one who didn’t run in the primary. One name is state Auditor Tom Schwich, a former aide to John Danforth and a nationally recognized expert on narco-terrorism.
Another name is rising, that of Ann Wagner, who is currently running to succeed Akin in Congress. Here’s an article on the topic:
I hold out hope that perhaps Mike Huckabee can persuade Todd Akin to drop out of the race, provided that Huckabee can be persuaded to make the request.
Which would be a slap in the face of those who spent time, money and sweat to run in the primary. If the runner up isn't first to be picked, they deserve to lose, as they will, big time.
I've been suggesting the name of Ann Wagner here for several days now. I think she would be the best choice. (She's running in the district I live in.)
Akin at least appeared open to the idea of an exit in September when he appeared on Hannity Tuesday.
Akin didn’t seem fazed by the Rasmussen poll. It seemed to just steel his spine more. He might fancy himself as David against Goliath.
There is a way around this. The Tea Party org(s) in MO should field and register on the ballot an “independent” or a “Conservative” or “Tea Party” candidate, who is not subject to the “sore loser” rule - Ann Wagner would be a good choice - as soon as possible.
Akin doesn’t have to “officially” drop out of the race as a Republican candidate, which could be costly and difficult since it’s subject to court’s approval.
With Akin poll numbers dropping like a stone, he could “legitimately” unofficially “withdraw” from the race by announcing that he is not actively seeking office (and/or “endorse” a TP candidate, if it’s deemed not to be a liability.) When other respectable pro-life figures endorse the new candidate locally and in conservative media and blogosphere, the successful “replacement” of the Republican candidate with a conservative candidate. Party affiliation can be changed after election, if needed.
But this needs to be done ASAP, to prevent the GOPe from fielding their own “independent” candidate (they already had a trial balloon with Jo Ann Emerson) which would split the conservative vote with TP candidate and fubar the entire election once again.
Well Suckabee has called the GOP “union goons” for wanting to be able to win this election. What an idiot. Everyone seems to be jumping at the chance to prove how stupid they are and are compounding the problem! It’s like Akin sneezed and now everyone is spraying snot everyplace.
Polls, Akin down 10 in the Ras poll and in another one is down 9. I was expecting worse.
I fear those aren’t bad enough to convince him he can’t win (and maybe he can but I’d bet against it).