Skip to comments.Akin's real deadline to withdraw from Senate race earlier than expected
Posted on 09/18/2012 3:55:15 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
As the clock ticks down to the final deadline for Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) to withdraw from the U.S. Senate race in Missouri, other legal provisions of the states election law will begin to take effect, hampering efforts favored by much of the Republican establishment to force him from the race.
Akin, formerly considered one of Republicans' best chances at a Senate pickup, drew ire from conservatives nationwide over comments he made about pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape" being rare.
Republicans, including Mitt Romney, asked Akin to drop out of the race, but he has persisted, despite effectively becoming a political pariah in his party. He has since trailed Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) in nearly every poll released except for one immediately following his comments, and one commissioned by Republican group Citizens United that showed him up by 5 percentage points.
According to Missouri state election law, the final deadline for Akin to exit the race is Sept. 25, at which point he would have to file a court order with the state board of elections to be removed from the ballot. That later deadline gave Republicans hope that he could drop out after he realized the uphill battle he'd be fighting this fall.
But many election jurisdictions have already begun to print ballots, creating a potentially monumental headache for the candidate if he were to wait until that deadline.
(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...
Congressman Akin has made clear to Missouri voters that he is staying in this race all the way to November, and county election boards are taking him seriously
I have no doubt that this is correct, you have been saying so for some time, and you clearly know what you are talking about. Akin will stay in the race and he will lose. That's just the way its going to be. No sense wasting any more time and energy on it, and certainly no point in anyone spending any money on Akin's statewide Windmill Tilting Tour. I would spend money to get the T-shirt, but little else.
What a shame, the race was ours. I hope that Akin has a backup plan for life after November.
Considering the public bashing Akin got at the hands of so-called conservatives, the fact that he’s neck and neck with McCaskill is remarkable. I wish the Repubs would stop handwringing and start knocking on doors for this guy. What would be the point of putting someone else in this race now?
He’s not neck and neck, he is all but done.
He better change his name and move to the remote mountains.
Do you think that John Danforth could have beaten Clairabelle???
Wenzel Strategies: Akin: 47.5% McCaskill: 42.6%
PPP: Akin: 45% McCaskill: 44%
Where are you getting “all but done”? Spreading around of mis-information can become self-fulfilling prophesy...
eh, leave him alone, it is too late and nobody else wants to touch it now.
It is up to Akin to be creative and win. Totally up to Akin.
That's a very good question which is the norm for you. I don't know. But, I do know that Akin can't win and it really pains me to see this race go by the board for the conservative cause in the Senate.
While I fully support the pro life movement, I believe that conservative control of the U.S. Senate is essential in order to advance that agenda. In this race, I see that the pro life crowd has put their own personal agendas ahead of the larger objective: getting control of the Senate out of Harry Reid's hands. It's just another illustration of why politics is such a nasty, disgusting business that really decent people want to avoid at all costs.
Color me stupid, but I think Akin has a decent shot.....decent enough that I whacked my plastic and sent him some money. What it boils down to is whether we want to elect a fine, honest, pro-life candidate; or whether we’d rather badmouth him for a penny ante mistake and HAND the election to an abortion queen!
If that’s true, then the people of MO are complete idiots. Either that or they always were for Mccaskill all along. In which case, they’re complete idiots.
BTW did you happen to see this about Moberly, Missouri:
I sure hope you're wrong. The thought of giving the scumbag Democrat newsrooms and quisling Republican cowards a victory makes me sick to my stomach.
You know what scares the GOPe? The mere possibility that Akin might win. If he does, Akin owes them nothing!
A politician who’s not weighed down by IOUs is a dangerous man indeed.
Maybe thats the goal... imagine how stupid some here would feel if the guy actually won?
It's no headache at all. It was always known Akin's campaign would be legally responsible for printing costs if he exited in time for the Sept 25 deadline.
You nailed it.
Has Akin returned the favor and called for Romney to drop out of the presidential race?
I would take 100 of Akins. I wish we had 100 Senators with the same convictions. I agree with his staying in and I hope one day to see him as President.
The Wenzel Strategies poll is almost three weeks old.
The newest poll, from 9/11/12, is Rasmussen with McCaskill at 49 and Akin at 43.
Akin is toast.
According to the poll's internals: McCaskill at 49 and Akin at 47.
Akin is toast.
Akin is on a roll.
Did Romney's wife accuse the Republican Party of raping her husband? NO, that was Mrs. Todd Akin!
What a sick witch! The Akins are repugnant, selfish, delusional people. They have no business near the U.S. Senate.
Free Republic is a pro-life group. Why are you ridiculing us? Are you with us or against us?
“I wish the Repubs would stop handwringing and start knocking on doors for this guy.”
They would rather lose the seat to teach Akin and other non-conformist conservatives a lesson than defeat ObamaClaire.
My point is that Akin is damaging the pro life cause. He cannot win and he will give McCaskill, an abortion queen of the first order, another six years in the Senate. My other point is that some in the pro life movement are not all that they seem. They cloak themselves in the rhetoric, but they are really in it for themselves. This is true for any issue or cause, you have to be able to recognize the type and respond accordingly. Those types rely on the naive and unsuspecting to sustain their little scams.
I did not see this, but I think that I know his cousin, he operates out of Chesterfield and professes to be a Republican.
Scam artists are legion in politics and around the government. There is so much money that these crooks flock like flies around the land mines that populate my barn and paddocks. Its hard to find an honest man in this business, especially when money and ego get involved.
no point arguing with fanatics who believe in the magic uterus. these clowns make normal lifers seem like pitchfork wielding yokels.
Sad to see the PhonyCon Liberals just wont shut up about Akin. Real conservatives accept his apology and have moved on.
This race brings to mind a quote by Richard Nixon. In the fall of 1963, South Vietnam's president Ngo Dinh Diem was under fire in the Western press as his government faced an impending coup. Nixon remarked that the issue was not Diem and someone better but Diem and someone worse--and he was right.
At this point, the issue for Republicans is not Akin and someone better but Akin and someone worse. I don't follow Missouri politics, but I can't think of a candidate better than Akin who can ride in on his white horse and save the day for the GOP.
The problem with your analogy, and the problem with your premise is the notion that conservatives can decide this race. They can't. Akin will have the conservative vote, but he must have some portion of the independent vote, and he must capture the women's vote. This he cannot do, so the conservative zealotry on his quest will mean nothing.
This is not personal, Akin is a decent guy and would be a far better Senator than is McCaskill. But, no matter because he cannot win. Akin has handed McCaskill the race and he will have to pay the consequences of his blunder and his pig headed refusal to do something about it.
You might want to explain for all of us idiots out here how "real conservatives" can win this race for Akin. Since "real conservatives are only about 35% of the electorate, any conservative candidate must attract some of those who don't consider themselves "real conservatives". This is an elusive little bunch, but it includes independents, soccer moms, and those who rarely tune in to politics.
Akin doesn't have their support and is unlikely to get it, so explain how he is going to get 50+% percent in this race. The term "real conservatives" has become in my mind analogous to "loser". Explain to me why I am wrong.
The Wenzel poll is from last week...
According to Missouri state election law, the final deadline for Akin to exit the race is Sept. 25, at which point he would have to file a court order with the state board of elections to be removed from the ballot.Oh yeah, and Romney will be denied the nomination at the convention.
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