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.