Skip to comments.AKIN WILL WITHDRAW: WHAT HAPPENS NOW? (return of Sarah Steelman?)
Posted on 08/20/2012 8:56:24 PM PDT by smoothsailing
August 20, 2012
At some point before 5pm CDT tomorrow, Akin will file papers to formally withdraw his name from the ballot. I realize today Akin was defiant and said he wasn't a "quitter." His supporters claim he will stay in the race because he views his candidacy as "providential", but this is just the bluster before the end. Everyone is entitled to 24 hours to try to right their ship, but Akin did nothing today to cauterize the wound. When Reince Priebus, Ann Coulter, NRSC and Tea Party Express are all united in saying you should quit, you've pretty much run out of options.
After Akin withdraws the decision to name a replacement falls to the 15 members of the state GOP central committee. Speculation is currently focused on two candidates Akin defeated in the recent GOP primary; businessman Jim Brunner and former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman.
Brunner had the backing of many GOP insiders because of his ability to partially self-fund his race. Steelman had the backing of Sarah Palin. They both lost to Akin in large part because Sen. McCaskill ran a lot of ads "attacking" him for being too conservative. (Think of it as a Republican dog-whistle.) Among the two, Steelman probably has the edge as the GOP may want to put the Akin debacle to rest by nominating a woman. It is also expected that Palin would campaign aggressively for Steelman, which would be helpful as 2012 is turning out to be a base election....
(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...
Is this definite? There seems to be conflicting reports.
They’s makin’ samiches!
At this point, if he doesn’t withdraw from the race, he’s an a####le straight up. His funding is gone, his lead in the polls is over, he’s guaranteed to lose should he decide to ride it out, there are no positives in that situation. Now if he stands down, he gets looked at like he did a good deed, gets to try and rehabilitate his image and maybe give politics another shot in 2 years.
But he has to stand down, if not, here comes Senator McCaskill for another 6 years.
“At some point before 5pm CDT tomorrow, Akin will file papers to formally withdraw his name from the ballot. I realize today Akin was defiant and said he wasn’t a “quitter.””
Don’t forget all the staff that worked on his campaign and will now be out on their own. He owed it to his staff at the very least to not say “Poof! Goodbye!” after all their hard work for him.
LOL! Don’t get him too excited.
GOP BS, this would stink to high heaven.
“Theys makin samiches!”
LOL, you’re cute, you sound so excited! Like my family! Sammys are good!
I am sure they polled replacements
AKIN WILL WITHDRAW...
I hope so, but how does Mike Flynn know this? Is this just a hunch?
Wouldn’t the person who got 2nd place be the person next considered as the ‘winner’? Or do the winners have to have a certain percentage to win, even in the event of a disqualification (or other reason such as this)?
I was WONDERing what they were doing.
Gosh darn, I hope the author is right. The guy needs to move on.
It’s a “smoke filled room” that decides these things.
How the other candidates did in the Primary has nothing to do with it. The 15 Members of the Missouri GOP Committee will choose a candidate to fill the slot. They can pick Joe Kowalski in Podunk, Missouri if they want to.
Sarah Steelman should be the candidate if for no other reason than Brunner is the pick of the GOPe.
Sarah has the backing of Sarah and that will beat McCaskill.
Figuratively speaking of course. It is a smoke filled area out some back door where the smoking gets done these days.
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