Rep. Todd Akin Stays In Missouri Senate Race
Matt | On 26, Sep 2012
Embattled Republican Senate candidate and House member, Rep. Todd Akin, has chosen the difficult road and stayed in the race in Missouri just six weeks ahead of Election Day.
As you may remember, Akin catapulted into the news cycle in August when he said that a woman’s body that suffers “legitimate rape” has a mechanism that will prevent her from becoming pregnant. Outrage flowed and many top Republicans withdrew their support for Akin.
But, he dug in his heels and refused to drop out by the Tuesday deadline. This prevented the Republicans from adding another (safer) candidate in his slot.
So, Akin will face Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill on the ballot in November. He has very little support, except for Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and former presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, and a few others. He also has a newly-formed group of slightly-anonymous women that actually support his archaic view of the fairer sex. *sigh*
It’s confusing me why all is not lost for Akin. Some of the latest state-level average polling shows he is almost tied with Sen. McCaskill with a 45.8 – 45.2 percent margin. HUH?! I hope the people of Missouri wake up quick, fast, and in a hurry!