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  • Todd Akin: I’d Take Back Comments on ‘Legitimate Rape’

    04/26/2013 12:09:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 86 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 26 Apr 2013 12:38 PM | Melanie Batley
    Former Rep. Todd Akin said he regrets the comments he made about “legitimate rape” which derailed his Missouri bid for U.S. Senate last year. In an interview with KDSK-TV on Thursday, the 65-year-old was asked whether he would take back the controversial comments. “Of course I would,” the former congressman replied. “I’ve relived them too many times. But that is not reality.” …
  • In Missouri Senate race, new Akin ad features rape survivor

    11/01/2012 6:26:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/1/12 | Kevin Murphy
    Todd Akin, the Republican candidate in the closely watched U.S. Senate race in Missouri, released a new advertisement on Thursday featuring a woman who says she was raped and had an abortion but supports Akin's anti-abortion stand. The TV commercial comes in the closing days of a campaign that has drawn national attention because of Akin's remark in August that women's bodies could ward off pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape." Akin, a six-term U.S. congressman from the St. Louis area, was heavily criticized by Democrats and lost support from some leading Republicans because of his remark. A poll by...
  • Todd Akin says he'll match Claire McCaskill on TV in campaign's final week

    10/31/2012 12:11:36 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 27 replies
    The News Tribune ^ | October 31, 2012 | Steve Kraske
    Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin said today in Lee's Summit that he'll match his Democratic rival, Claire McCaskill, in TV ad spending in the race's final week. At a stop in Lee's Summit, Akin said he no longer will be outspent 9:1 or 10:1 as he has in recent weeks. "That ratio is going to change now," Akin said. "We have enough money to be able to do more advertising." Akin is spending Tuesday and Wednesday in the KC area in what aides said would be his final visit to the area this campaign. At noon Tuesday, Akin and former...
  • McCaskill's mother dies

    10/29/2012 5:25:41 PM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 49 replies
    CNN POLITICS ^ | 10/29/2012 | Kevin Liptak
    (CNN) - Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill's 84-year-old mother, Betty Anne Ward McCaskill, died on Monday, the senator from Missouri said in a statement on Monday. "For some time, mom's health has not been good, and our family takes comfort that she is now at rest," McCaskill wrote. "People all over the state have asked about her, and their prayers and concern have been greatly appreciated."
  • Missouri's Senate race a statistical dead heat: poll

    10/27/2012 3:53:18 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 15 replies
    KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - Democratic Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill holds a slim lead of 2 percentage points over Republican challenger Todd Akin - essentially a deadlock - in a race being closely watched following Akin's controversial comments on "legitimate rape," a poll released on Saturday showed. McCaskill had been seen as one of the most vulnerable incumbent Democrats but has led Akin in most polls since he said in August that women could biologically defend themselves against pregnancy caused by "legitimate rape." Akin said later he misspoke when he made the remark, which led to widespread rebukes even from...
  • NY Times Spiked McCaskill Corruption Story After Tipping Her Off

    10/22/2012 3:35:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    fox ^ | 10/22/12 | Matthew Boyle
    A spokeswoman for Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill’s re-election campaign told The Daily Caller that the senator and her husband first learned the criminal background of the man speaking out McCaskill’s husband’s business dealings from The New York Times. McCaskill spokeswoman Caitlin Legacki told TheDC on Friday that she thinks McCaskill and her husband Joseph Shepard discovered Craig Woods’ criminal background “[w]hen the New York Times told me in June that he’s a felon.” TheDC reported Thursday that Woods, a former employee of Shepard’s, alleged in a 2011 audiotape that Shepard used the U.S. Senate dining room to cut business...
  • Could Claire McCaskill lose to Todd Akin? You betcha

    10/19/2012 10:38:00 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 29 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 10/19/12 | William Jacobson
    Claire McCaskill is so unpopular that she’s barely running ahead of Todd Akin despite his self-inflicted wounds and the defection of almost all of the Republican establishment from supporting him. McCaskill has had to spend heavily just to stay slightly ahead: Senator Claire McCaskill, the Missouri Democrat fighting to keep her seat, spent nearly $7 million over a three-month period through the end of September and her campaign had more than $2.1 million in the bank for her race against Representative Todd Akin, according to quarterly disclosure reports her campaign released on Monday. Could McCaskill lose? Two days ago the...
  • Claire McCaskill, Todd Akin meeting in second Missouri Senate debate (Live at 7pm central tonight)

    10/18/2012 4:26:48 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 30 replies
    kshb.com ^ | 10/18/12
    Democratic Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill and Republican challenger Todd Akin are meeting in suburban St. Louis for their second and final scheduled debate. See link below for video. Hope this works.
  • Rand Paul Is Launching A New Ad Campaign To Help Todd Akin (Mo Senate Race on fire for Akin)

    10/16/2012 4:55:22 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 48 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/15/12 | Grace Wyler
    Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is wading into the nation's most incendiary Senate race this week, with the launch of a new statewide, six-figure ad campaign to help Missouri Republican Todd Akin. Business Insider has learned that Paul's political action committee, RANDPAC, will go on air Wednesday with a new ad attacking Akin's opponent, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, for her vote against Paul's amendment to block U.S. aid to Pakistan, Egypt, and Libya. "Claire McCaskill works with Barack Obama to send our money overseas to radicals who attack our embassies, burn our flag, and kill our diplomats," the narrator says. "What...
  • Poll finds Akin with slight lead over McCaskill

    10/15/2012 10:39:53 AM PDT · by billorites · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 15, 2012 | Daniel Strauss
    Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) leads Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) in his bid for the Senate by a slim margin, according to a new poll. Wenzel Strategies, a Republican leaning pollster, found Akin leading McCaskill 49 to 45 percent with 7 percent undecided. Both candidates are underwater, though, on favorability. Forty-five percent of voters rate Akin favorably, with 49 unfavorable. McCaskill is viewed favorably by 44 percent and unfavorably by 52. Broken down across gender lines, McCaskill has a 7-point advantage among women, leading Akin with 50 to 43 percent support. Among men though, Akin holds the edge, with fifty-five percent...
  • Akin takes the lead in Missouri in new poll (Akin rolling - McCaskill in panic mode)

    10/15/2012 12:39:05 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10/15/12 | Paige Winfield Cunningham
    A Republican polling firm has GOP Rep. Todd Akin up by four points over Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill in their hard-fought Missouri Senate race. Mr. Akin led his opponent 49 percent to 45 percent in a survey conducted for the Citizens United Victory Fund by Wenzel Strategies, one of just two polls to give him the upper hand after his party all but abandoned him in August for his widely condemned comments that victims of "legitimate" rape are unlikely to become pregnant. That's because Mr. Akin led among independents by a 50 percent to 41 percent margin, according to...
  • Todd Akin In The Lead (48.4% to 44.7%) For Missouri U.S. Senate Race According To CUPVF Poll

    10/15/2012 7:18:12 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 143 replies
    Citizens United Political Victory Fund (CUPVF), the affiliated PAC of Citizens United, released a poll today conducted by Wenzel Strategies, showing Congressman Todd Akin in the lead against incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill in the Missouri United States Senate race. The poll was conducted via telephone survey of likely General Election voters from October 12-13, included 1,000 respondents, and has a 3.07% margin of error
  • Huckabee:Republicans Who Abandoned Akin Should Repent

    10/12/2012 4:10:17 AM PDT · by elephant · 31 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | Paul Scicchitano and Kathleen Walter
    Conservative commentator Mike Huckabee tells Newsmax.TV that Republicans who abandoned Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin following his controversial remarks about rape should “repent.” Huckabee, who was one of the first prominent conservatives to voice his support for Akin hopes that fellow conservatives will “repent of their sins and will get back and help Todd Akin” before it’s too late. “It’s interesting that he is, in some polls, leading and some he’s just barely behind within the margin of error and they’ve abandoned him,” said Huckabee on Wednesday. “They’ve got other Senate candidates that they’re pouring vast amounts of resources in...
  • McCaskill hits Akin with ads featuring raped women

    10/10/2012 11:03:37 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 10, 2012 | DAVID A. LIEB
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill took aim Wednesday at Republican challenger Todd Akin with a new series of TV ads featuring rape survivors outraged by Akin's remark about "legitimate rape" and his opposition to emergency contraception. The three separate ads feature individual testimonials from three women who said they were raped, including one who describes herself as a "pro-life" Republican and another self-described "pro-life mother" who calls herself a "woman of faith."
  • Some in G.O.P. Choose to Return to Akin’s Corner

    10/07/2012 8:32:36 AM PDT · by Haiku Guy · 98 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10/6/12 | John Elgion
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For establishment Republicans, it is decision time in the Missouri Senate race. Should they return to Representative Todd Akin’s corner? Many quickly withdrew their support for Mr. Akin weeks ago after his controversial comments about abortion and belief that victims of “legitimate rape” have a biological mechanism to fight off pregnancy, hoping to force him aside so another Republican candidate could battle the Democratic incumbent, Senator Claire McCaskill. But Mr. Akin called their bluff. He stayed in the race, reckoning that election math would oblige them to stick with him. Now, with Mr. Akin’s name legally...
  • Massachusetts, You're the Swing State

    10/03/2012 11:47:51 AM PDT · by pabianice · 18 replies
    Elizabeth Warren for Senate ^ | 10/3/12 | Clinton
    Friend, Most people don't think of Massachusetts as a swing state. But electing a Democrat at the top of the ticket isn't enough. This year, Massachusetts will cast the deciding vote for the party that will control the United States Senate. We need a strong Democratic majority in the United States Senate to keep moving our country forward -- and that's why we need to do everything we can to elect Elizabeth Warren on November 6th. I want you to volunteer for Elizabeth's campaign now: [deleted] We know how Democrats spent the past four years trying to work with the...
  • Missouri's Akin, left for dead, on comeback trail

    10/03/2012 12:36:40 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 39 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/03/2012 | Paul Bedard
    Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin, thrown under the bus by Karl Rove and the Washington GOP establishment for his "legitimate rape" comment, is making a strong comeback in the polls and is now better-liked than incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill. Five weeks after making the comments that at the time seemed career-ending, Rasmussen Reports has Akin six points behind McCaskill, 51 percent to 45 percent. That result shows an improvement over past polls, some that had him behind by 10 points. And among those "certain to vote," he trails McCaskill by just four points, said Rasmussen. More surprising is that...
  • Two Missouri Senate Polls -- first poll : Akin +4, second poll McCaskill +1

    10/02/2012 7:40:02 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 70 replies
    Missouri Senate Polls -- first poll : Akin +4, second poll McCaskill +1
  • Ex-Sens. Bond, Talent now backing Akin Senate bid

    10/01/2012 2:32:01 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 63 replies
    One News Now ^ | 10/1/12 | Associated Press
    Two of Mitt Romney's senior advisers say they are backing Todd Akin, the Missouri Republican Senate candidate they once shunned.
  • Republican senators to hold Akin fundraiser, keeping alive hope to win chamber

    09/29/2012 4:14:06 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 14 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | September 29, 2012 | unattributed
    Republicans continue to reach out to embattled Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, this time with a much needed fundraiser, despite Democrats promising re-election attacks on supporters. Sens. Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham, S.C., and Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn, Okla., will be honorary hosts of a Washington fundraiser next week for Akin. The event suggests donations from $2,500 to $100 a person and is scheduled for Wednesday, as reported first by Politico. Democrats and Republicans called for Akin to quit the race after he made controversial remarks last month about rape. Akin apologized but has continued his campaign to unseat...
  • Todd Akin: Claire McCaskill was more ‘ladylike’ in 2006

    09/27/2012 12:41:46 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 144 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 27 September 2012 | Rachel Weiner
    Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) reminds Republicans why they were hoping he would drop out of the U.S. Senate race against incumbent Claire McCaskill (D). “I think we have a very clear path to victory, and, apparently, Claire McCaskill thinks we do, too, because she was very aggressive at the debate, which was quite different than it was when she ran against Jim Talent,” Akin told the Kansas City Star on Thursday. “She had a confidence and was much more ladylike [in 2006], but in the debate on Friday she came out swinging, and I think that’s because she feels threatened.”
  • Some Conservatives Lend Support to Akin As Dropout Deadline Passes (No establishment support)

    09/26/2012 9:41:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/26/2012 | John Fund
    St. Louis, Mo. — Yesterday marked the final deadline for Todd Akin to drop out of the Missouri Senate race and be replaced by another candidate. Akin marked the occasion by holding a news conference with religious leaders saying he was staying in the race and embarking on a statewide bus tour. Akin believes voters have processed his absurd comments last month on a Missouri television station that “legitimate rape” rarely resulted in pregnancy and are ready to move on to other issues. The challenge he faces is that a horde of Republican-oriented groups quickly withdrew their financial support from...
  • Santorum endorses Akin

    09/26/2012 8:30:31 AM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 39 replies
    early returns post-gazette.com ^ | 9/26/2012 | Tim McNully
    Verona, PA -- U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) and former U.S. Senator and Chairman of Patriot Voices Rick Santorum issued the following joint statement regarding their support of Todd Akin for the U.S. Senate in Missouri:
  • Akin Refuse to Drop Out Of Senate Race

    09/25/2012 6:44:47 PM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 122 replies
    Fox2Now ^ | 9/25/2012 | Betsey Bruce
    Akin told a crowd of supporters, ” In August I was given a trust , a trust to replace a senator that had not represented Missouri or our best interests.” He added, ” I have one purpose going into November and that’s replacing Claire McCaskill.” As the deadline to withdraw from the November general election ballot passed, Missouri’s Republican party issued a statement saying it will support Akin along with all the other Republican nominees on the ballot.
  • Final deadline passes: Todd Akin now officially on the ballot in Missouri

    09/25/2012 5:13:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/25/2012 | AllahPundit
    August 21 was the deadline for him to drop out and be replaced by another candidate without needing court approval. He passed. Today was the deadline to drop out with court approval, before the ballots are printed, which makes it effectively the last chance. Another pass.If you want McCaskill out, this is now the only game in town: With the deadline for him to exit the race just hours away, Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) reaffirmed his commitment to staying in the race, saying that he has "one purpose going into November, and that's replacing Claire McCaskill."Akin said he'd be staying...
  • Let the GOP know how you feel about them withholding funds for Todd Akin

    09/25/2012 5:19:29 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 76 replies
    RNC ^ | 9/25/12 | Self
    Now that we ALL know Todd Akin is NOT dropping out of the U.S. Senate race, we have an opportunity to let the GOP know how we feel about them holding back funding for him. With your help, we can send a message from not only Missourians but all other states that will get the GOP's attention between now and the election. When you click on the below url, you will be directed to an official RNC email form asking for your inputs. Please fill this out and send it to them. I have already sent one and intend to...
  • Todd Akin staying in Senate race on last day to drop out

    09/25/2012 5:22:20 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 25 replies
    The Global Post ^ | September 25, 2012 | Sarah Wolfe
    On the final day he could drop out, Missouri Rep. Todd Akin reaffirmed Tuesday that he's staying in the Senate race against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill. Akin had until the end of the day to withdraw his name from the November ballot. But he made it clear in yet another press conference that he’s going to keep on keeping on, the Washington Post reported.
  • Conservative PAC May Decide to Fund Todd Akin's Missouri Senate Race

    09/25/2012 12:58:55 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 24 replies
    abcnews ^ | 9/26/12 | CHRIS GOOD
    A powerful conservative PAC said today that "circumstances have changed" and it is reconsidering its decision to withhold funds for Todd Akin's bid for a Missouri Senate seat, and Akin's campaign said today they expect other groups will also resume spending. The statement by the Senate Conservatives Fund, a PAC led by South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, comes as the 5 p.m. CT deadline for Akin to quit the race looms. The campaign remains adamant that Akin will stay in the race, despite urging from the GOP hierarchy, including Mitt Romney. "In the words of Churchill, Todd will never, never,...
  • For the last time, Todd Akin is staying in

    09/25/2012 12:53:26 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/25/2012
    On the last day Missouri Rep. Todd Akin (R) could withdraw from the race against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D), he made clear in a press conference that he’s going to keep on keeping on. Akin compared himself to Harry Truman, who he said was “pitched overboard” by the “Democrat Party” in his 1940 Senate reelection campaign. Truman made history, he said, and “we’re going to do it again.”
  • McCaskill/Akin polling status

    09/25/2012 1:24:35 PM PDT · by verum ago · 20 replies
    25 Sept. 2012 | self
    What's the current polling look like on the McCaskill/Akin race in MO? Last I knew his campaign was trailing a tongue of flame and rapidly approaching 0 AGL, but that was forever ago in political time. I have a vague impression that that's no longer the case anymore, however. What's up right now? I don't have a feel which polls are least skewed/inaccurate for Missouri. I'm having trouble finding sources that aren't just opinion pieces after the debate.
  • Newt Gingrich Stands By Akin At Missouri Fundraiser (A tsunami of money/support coming for Akin)

    09/25/2012 3:14:24 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 69 replies
    The National Memo ^ | 9/24/12 | Axel Tonconogy
    Appearing today at a fundraiser in Kirkwood, Missouri for Senate candidate Todd Akin, former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich offered the support and encouragement that few others in his party have dared give. Abandoned by the GOP after his infamous “legitimate rape” comments, and crucified by the liberal and conservative media alike, Akin vowed to remain in the Senate race for the “long haul” and emerge victorious. After sharing his toxic views on women’s health, Akin’s conservative donors and supporters pulled out in droves, denouncing the candidate’s statements. This despite the fact that in 2011 Akin had co-authored a bill...
  • Conservative fund considers backing Mo. Rep. Akin

    09/24/2012 1:17:44 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 8 replies
    AP ^ | September 24, 2012 | David A Lieb
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A conservative fundraising group that had shied away from Missouri Rep. Todd Akin is now seriously considering whether to come to the embattled Republican's aid in his challenge to Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, an official with the group said Monday. The Senate Conservatives Fund, which has raised more than $11 million for other Republican Senate candidates, could provide a much-needed financial boost for Akin, who is facing a Tuesday deadline on whether to stay in the race. Akin has vowed to remain in the contest. Appearing Monday at a Kirkwood, Mo., rally with former presidential...
  • Newt Gingrich Fundraising For Embattled Todd Akin

    09/24/2012 7:08:35 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 60 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | September 19, 2012 | Elicia Dover
    Newt Gingrich will be in St. Louis on Monday fundraising for Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, a source close to the former House speaker confirmed. >snip< “I think Todd Akin was the choice of the people in Missouri, and Todd Akin has publicly apologized,” Gingrich said. “I just think people ought to be a little cautious about saying the voters of Missouri don’t count.” Rick Tyler, one of Gingrich’s longest serving aides and former member of Gingrich’s super PAC, “Winning Our Future,” is now working on Akin’s campaign. Currently Akin is being outspent 10 to 1. One source told ABC...
  • Priebus: GOP ‘Not Going to Play in MO with Todd Akin’ (No RNC Money for Akin)

    09/23/2012 1:41:37 PM PDT · by Windy City Conservative · 168 replies
    Reince Priebus expressed optimism this morning that Republicans could win the senate in 2012, but warned that the party would not get behind Todd Akin, even if he refused to exit the race. “We’re not going to play in Missouri with Todd Akin, I can tell you that,” Priebus said on ABC’s This Week, adding that it remained “to be seen whether he stays in or not.” The last day Akin can legally leave the race is Tuesday.
  • Akin Rebuilding Mo. Senate Bid After Rape Remark

    09/23/2012 1:16:34 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 34 replies
    abc.com ^ | 9/23/12 | DAVID A. LIEB/AP
    Written off by many in his own party a mere month ago, Republican Rep. Todd Akin has been slowly rebuilding his Senate campaign after apologizing for inflammatory remarks about pregnancy and rape. Now Akin is approaching a critical week that could determine whether his re-emerging campaign can gain enough momentum to put Missouri back in the battleground column as Republicans attempt to win control of the Senate from Democrats. Tuesday is the deadline for Akin to get a court order to drop his challenge of Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. But Akin says he won't do so. Instead, Akin plans to...
  • Newt Gingrich: Akin won ballot spot in `fair fight,' GOP should back him

    09/21/2012 10:16:02 AM PDT · by Fred · 44 replies
    St. Louis Post Dispatch ^ | 091912 | Kevin McDermott
    ST. LOUIS • Newt Gingrich is coming to St. Louis Monday for a Todd Akin fundraiser because he wants “to tell the people of Missouri” that they have the right to stand by the Republican Senate candidate of their choice, regardless of what the party's leaders tell them. In a phone interview today with the Post-Dispatch, Gingrich, the former House Speaker and presidential candidate, said the controversy surrounding Akin isn't the point. “The people of Missouri picked him to be their nominee in a fair fight.” He also warned what others have said: That for the GOP to throw in...
  • McCaskill and Akin will square off in first debate for U.S. Senate (TODAY -LIVE STREAMING)

    09/21/2012 4:41:20 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 94 replies
    Examiner ^ | 9/21/12 | Cathy Lenny
    The nation is closely watching the U.S. Senate race in Missouri that pits Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill against her Republican challenger U.S. Rep. Todd Akin. The two will face off for their first debate today (Sept. 21) at 10:45 a.m. in Columbia, Mo. McCaskill, 59, is seeking her second six-year term in the Senate after previously serving as state auditor. Akin, 65, is challenging McCaskill, rather than seek re-election to the 2nd Congressional District in St. Louis, to which he first won election in 2000. View slideshow: McCaskill and Akin will square off in first debate The race shot into...
  • DeMint might throw Akin a lifeline

    09/21/2012 6:16:21 AM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/21/2012 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) says he will consider throwing his weighty financial support behind Rep. Todd Akin (R), the Missouri Senate candidate who has been shunned by party leaders in Washington.
  • GOP gives up on trying to push Akin out (Funding may be restored)

    09/21/2012 2:10:33 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 75 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/20/12 | Aaron Blake
    In about 28 hours, the Republican Party will be, for all intents and purposes, stuck with Todd Akin. The Missouri Senate candidate has shown no signs of bowing to pressure from the national party to get out of the race after his controversial comment about “legitimate rape” turned the race on its head. And though the party initially held out hope that Akin would change his mind at some point over the past month, it now appears that ship has sailed. The technical deadline for being able to replace Akin on the ballot, if he dropped out, is Tuesday. But...
  • Dobson Blasts 'Viscious' GOP Opposition to Akin

    09/17/2012 12:02:51 PM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 48 replies
    Conservative Byte ^ | 9/17/2012 | anon
    “I regret to say that Congressman Akin has been subjected to disgraceful treatment at the hands of the GOP political bosses,” Dobson said. “They have withheld funds for his campaign, even though he won the GOP primary for the Senate seat. Karl Rove and Haley Barbour have said things about his character that are untrue. Their vicious opposition could get his Democratic opponent elected in his stead. That is curious since an Akin win could give the Senate majority to the Republicans.” Read more: http://conservativebyte.com/2012/09/dobson-blasts-vicious-gop-opposition-to-akin/#ixzz26kso7vot
  • Todd Akin’s Wife Compares GOP Abandonment to Rape, Tyranny

    Rep. Todd Akin’s wife, Lulli Akin, says the Republican Party’s attempts to push her husband out of the Missouri Senate race — over his false assertion that women who are raped rarely get pregnant — are like rape itself. RELATED: Akin TV Ad Buy Canceled — For Failure To Pay Station She also believes the GOP’s abandonment is on par with the tyranny that launched the American Revolution. Akin’s wife isn’t the first one to compare Akin’s explosive rape comments, and the ensuing fallout, to rape: Bryan Fischer said the party’s treatment of the embattled candidate had made Akin “a...
  • Citizens United Poll Shows Akin leading in Missouri

    09/13/2012 8:33:27 AM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 60 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/13/2012 | Maggie Haberman
    A poll commissioned by Citizens United's political arm shows Todd Akin leading Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri. The poll by the CU political victory fund and conducted by Wenzel Strategies, shows Akin ahead by almost 5 points. Mitt Romney leads President Obama by 20 points.
  • Missouri Senate: McCaskill (D) 49%, Akin (R) 43%

    09/12/2012 9:18:54 AM PDT · by WILLIALAL · 127 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | Wednesday, September 12, 2012 | Scott Rasmussen
    The fallout appears to linger in the Missouri Senate race, with incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill still holding a six-point lead over Republican challenger Todd Akin. But the race is tightening.
  • Senate Races 2012 (UPDATE--GOOD NEWS FOR AKIN--NRSC REVERSES BAN ON AKIN) Thanks to FReepers

    09/11/2012 4:12:32 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 59 replies
    Current Republican Seat Current Democrat Seat Current Independent Seat No Senate election in 2012
  • No Pay, No Play: Akin TV Ads Canceled

    09/11/2012 7:18:04 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 116 replies
    affton.patch.com ^ | 9-11-12 | Maggie Rotermund
    No Pay, No Play: Akin TV Ads Canceled Television ads for Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin have been canceled after Akin's campaign failed to pay the whole bill, Talking Points Memo reports. By Maggie Rotermund Email the author 5:30 am Rep. Todd Akin is facing a new round of bad publicity today after reports have emerged that he has failed to pay for his television advertising on time. Talking Points Memo reports the Akin campaign’s TV ad buy with KOMU, a NBC affiliate in Columbia, was canceled. According to KMOX, the campaign had paid the first half of the buy,...
  • Senate Races 2012

    09/10/2012 3:04:36 PM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 81 replies
    Current Republican Seat Current Democrat Seat Current Independent Seat No Senate election in 2012
  • With Senate at stake, GOP waits on Akin’s next move, McCaskill goes on offense

    09/10/2012 9:05:04 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 81 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 9, 2012 | Rosalind S. Helderman and Jason Horowitz
    MARYVILLE, Mo. — Three weeks after Republican Rep. Todd Akin upended the national political landscape by claiming that pregnancies rarely result from “legitimate rape,” the race for Senate in this increasingly conservative state — and in many ways the battle for control of Congress’s upper chamber — has settled into a waiting game. A Sept. 25 deadline looms. That’s the last day Akin can petition Missouri courts to remove his name from the ballot — and comply with the near-universal calls from party leaders who think his comments have made unwinnable a seat they need for an easier path to...
  • Todd Akin’s Senate Campaign Maybe Picking Up Steam

    09/03/2012 6:44:42 PM PDT · by Jonah Vark · 54 replies
    FOX2now ^ | September 3, 2012 | Charles Jaco
    ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) – Rep. Todd Akin’s “insurgent” campaign against both Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and the leaders of his own party may not be the long shot it’s been portrayed, despite the national furor over Akin’s comments on The Jaco Report that women who are victims of “legitimate rape” have natural defenses against becoming pregnant. A pair of polls taken after the incident and the following uproar either show Akin with a lead over McCaskill, or indicate the race is tied. The latest survey from Public Policy Polling, taken August 29, shows McCaskill leading Akin 45% to 44%,...
  • Akin regains lead in Missouri latest polling shows

    08/30/2012 5:13:15 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 123 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 8/29/2012 | John-Henry Westin
    WASHINGTON, DC, August 29, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A poll of likely Missouri general election voters released this morning shows that, far from being out of the race, embattled Senate candidate Todd Akin has regained his lead over Senator Claire McCaskill by a 45% to 42% margin, with 13% undecided. The survey conducted by Wenzel Strategies commissioned by Family Research Council Action also shows Akin leading by 10 points among independent voters. “Despite the firestorm of news in the Senate race over the past few weeks, most voters have already made up their mind in the race, the survey shows,” said...
  • Poll Claims Todd Akin Has Re-Taken Lead on Claire McCaskill

    08/29/2012 9:14:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 132 replies
    Life News ^ | 08/29/2012 | Steven Ertelt
    A new poll paid for by the Family Research Council, a pro-life group, indicates pro-life Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin now leads pro-abortion Sen. Clair McCaskill in the race despite the controversial comments he made about abortion and rape. The pro-life group says the poll is evidence that Akin should not drop out of the race and that calls for him to do so were premature. The new survey conducted by Wenzel Strategies of likely Missouri general election voters shows that Senate candidate Todd Akin has regained his lead over Senator Claire McCaskill by a 45% to 42% margin, with...