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ITíS PAST TIME FOR THE REPUBLICAN ESTABLISHMENT TO BACK TODD AKIN
Powerline ^ | 09/27/2012 | PAUL MIRENGOFF

Posted on 09/27/2012 8:15:50 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

The deadline for Todd Akin to withdraw from the Missouri Senate race has passed, and Akin remains a candidate. No surprise there; it’s been clear for quite some time that Akin is committed to fighting for this seat.

And it looks like he has a chance to win it. That, at least, is the view presented pretty persuasively in two articles by Politico. The most recent Rasmussen poll had Akin 6 points behind, but that was two weeks ago. I don’t believe there have been any polls of this race since.

Akin’s advantage is that the fundamentals in Missouri strongly favor his candidacy. Missouri recently has become a pretty conservative state. Even the polling services that show big leads for Obama in states like Ohio, Virginia, and Florida haven’t produced polls that show Obama ahead in Missouri. The RCP average has Romney up by more than 7 points, with only Rasmussen showing the race closer than that.

Moreover, Akin’s opponent, Sen. Claire McCaskill, is closely intertwined with the unpopular president. She was one of his earliest backers, and has supported him in Washington on the big ticket items, most notably Obamacare.

That’s why Akin began the race with a healthy lead. The lead turned into a healthy deficit following Akin’s dumb comment about rape victims and child birth. But as the race proceeds, that statement recedes and the fundamentals begin to reassert themselves.

Akin’s other big problem is lack of funds. This week, for example, McCaskill is outspending him by 10-1, according to Politico. This is because the Republican establishment walked, no ran, away from Akin in the aftermath of his foolish remark. It has not returned, though the NRSC’s executive director this week called Akin the “far more preferable candidate” in the race, and signaled that the group may finally be ready to help him.

With the Senate quite possibly in the balance, it’s past time for such help. The Republican establishment needs to get over Akin’s remark, which in no way warrants his excommunication.

In one of the Politico articles, a former Missouri State Senator speculates that the race may well be determined within a week or so:

If Akin can withstand McCaskill’s furious TV/radio ad onslaught and stay within 4-5 points while holding McCaskill under 47 or 48, national money returns and it’s probably a 1-2 point race either way. If he can’t stay close in the next week, good night, Todd. The cavalry doesn’t do charity cases.

But the cavalry should have arrived by now to help prevent this from becoming a charity case.



TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: missouri; toddakin

1 posted on 09/27/2012 8:15:59 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes, for heavens sake, get some money and support to this guy. Gosh, we need to really stop running from conflict. I’m really beginning to think the way forward is purely play offense. Attack, early and often.


2 posted on 09/27/2012 8:22:04 PM PDT by SoDak (Obama..change you can step in.)
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To: SeekAndFind

jeez ..i thought they did yesterday..he is supposed to be running against a democrat..not a republican


3 posted on 09/27/2012 8:22:15 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: SeekAndFind

Akin is untouchable

But a specialist in sexual assault like bill Clinton is wonderful


4 posted on 09/27/2012 8:24:59 PM PDT by lonestar67 (I remember when unemployment was 4.7 percent)
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To: SeekAndFind

Why not? Akin is closer in the polls to McKill then some of the GOP candidates they are dumping money on.


5 posted on 09/27/2012 8:26:46 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: SeekAndFind

Grew up in Missouri

Went to School with McCaskill (a ding-bat with parents that ran for city council.(and she has not aged well-my wife is much more attractive.))

Cannot understand political folk like Akin who make strange comments. I was an officer in a homeowner’s association, and I knew my talking points for the local press.

Will forgive Todd. I just sent his campaign a donation, and I will get my niece and her friends to vote affirmatively for him-maybe 6 votes.

We need to win this election. McCaskill’s first vote will be for Harry Reid.


6 posted on 09/27/2012 8:28:41 PM PDT by calico_thompson
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To: SeekAndFind

Screw the e-GOP. Who needs ‘em? I never send my dough to the GOP anyway.

I’ve supported Jim DeMint’s Senate Conservative’s Fund and multiple individual candidates. I’ll be sending money to Akin and its a two-fer: support for a conservative and a finger in the eye of the GOP.


7 posted on 09/27/2012 8:30:29 PM PDT by bkopto (Obama and Biden merely symptoms of a more profound, systemic disease in American body politic.)
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To: bkopto
I’ve supported Jim DeMint’s Senate Conservative’s Fund and multiple individual candidates. I’ll be sending money to Akin and its a two-fer: support for a conservative and a finger in the eye of the GOP.

A Senate seat is 6 Years

GOP send him money NOW

8 posted on 09/27/2012 9:10:36 PM PDT by scooby321 (AMS)
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To: SeekAndFind

As a non-Missourian who wants Harry Reid to be the Minority Leader, I agree. The Republican Party needs to grow a pair ansd support Akin. He is the ONLY one who can defeat that witch.


9 posted on 09/27/2012 9:37:49 PM PDT by Ancesthntr (Bibi to Odumbo: Its not going to happen.)
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To: SeekAndFind

We all know what he meant when he said what he said; and he spoke the truth.


10 posted on 09/27/2012 9:47:21 PM PDT by SAR (Son of THE Revolution.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Republic hangs in the balance, and the GOP establishment is sitting on the sidelines.

Great.


11 posted on 09/27/2012 10:13:49 PM PDT by absalom01 (You should do your duty in all things. You cannot do more, and you should never wish to do less.)
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To: bkopto

If the GOP isn’t supporting Akin, then I’m not supporting Romney. Will send what I can to Akin along with a letter. I’m not from MO, but I’ll do what I can.


12 posted on 09/27/2012 11:50:20 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge (Texas, Texas, Whisky)
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To: JCBreckenridge

Hey, Newbie, that’ll show ‘em! Way to go - NOT!


13 posted on 09/28/2012 1:59:53 AM PDT by RightGuy
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To: RightGuy

How much are you giving to Akin? :)


14 posted on 09/28/2012 9:48:52 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge (Texas, Texas, Whisky)
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