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Akin Controversy Costing Romney, Obama Now Leads Missouri
Life News ^ | August 24, 2012 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 08/24/2012 8:13:11 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The controversy over the abortion-rape comments made by Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin appear to be hurting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Whereas Rasmussen polling showed Romney leading pro-abortion President Barack Obama at the end of July and having Romney leading the race in the Show Me State all year, now Obama has the lead.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Missouri Voters finds President Obama with 47% support to Romney’s 46%. Three percent (3%) favor some other candidate in the race, and three percent (3%) more are undecided. At the end of July, Romney led by six percent and he has not trailed Obama in any Rasmussen poll all year.

“As the controversy over Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment continues, Mitt Romney’s lead in Missouri has vanished,” Ramussen says. “Missouri now moves from Leans Romney to a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports Electoral College Projections.”

“Obama’s Democratic support in the state remains largely unchanged at 96%, and voters not affiliated with either major party still favor Romney by 20 points. But Republican support in Missouri for the party’s likely nominee has fallen from 94% in late July to 85% now,” Rasmussen continues.

In 2008, John McCain won Missouri on a slight 49.4% to 49.3% margin. Since then, Rasmussen now shows 48% of voters in the state now approve of the job Obama is doing as president, while 49% disapprove. This includes 26% who Strongly Approve versus 42% who Strongly Disapprove. Fifty-one percent (51%) have a favorable opinion of Romney, while 47% regard him unfavorably. This includes Very Favorables of 24% and Very Unfavorables of 27%.

“As for their running mates, 44% view Vice President Joe Biden favorably, but 50% have an unfavorable opinion of him. He earns Very Favorables of 19% and Very Unfavorables of 36%,” Rasmussen notes. “Ryan is seen favorably by 50% and unfavorably 40%, with Very Favorables of 34% and Very Unfavorables of 29%.”

Meanwhile, Akin now trails pro-abortion Sen. Claire McCaskill by ten percent in Missouri’s U.S. Senate race, Rasmussen polling shows, as he has refuses called from leading Republicans and conservatives to step aside so another candidate can take his place as the U.S. Senate nominee.

The survey of 500 Likely Voters in Missouri was conducted on August 22, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.


TOPICS: Missouri; Campaign News; Issues; Polls
KEYWORDS: abortion; akin; legitimaterape; missouri; obama; polls; romney; toddakin
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1 posted on 08/24/2012 8:13:16 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Akin may be the best thing that ever happened to the Democrat party. If he doesn’t withdraw he may earn a footnote In the history books as the guy who wrecked the Republicans chances in this election.


2 posted on 08/24/2012 8:17:03 AM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Missouri: Home of meth labs and weak beer.

Also lots of Democrats, homosexuals and peckerwoods.


3 posted on 08/24/2012 8:17:17 AM PDT by IbJensen (Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

People are just stupid. Missourians will actually vote for Obama because of this??? I have no words


4 posted on 08/24/2012 8:17:24 AM PDT by GoCards (I am a Hobbit)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“...voters not affiliated with either major party still favor Romney by 20 points. But Republican support in Missouri for the party’s likely nominee has fallen from 94% in late July to 85% now,” Rasmussen continues. “

Akin caused a drop in Republican support for Romney?

The only possible connection I can see is that Republicans were angry at Romney’s overly harsh response to Akin’s retracted remarks.

But my best guess is that there is no connection.


5 posted on 08/24/2012 8:21:28 AM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Starve the Beast. I just told the Republican National Committee that as long as they have people as stubborn as this guy in the Party I will send my money to the Tea Party.


6 posted on 08/24/2012 8:21:33 AM PDT by kempster
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; DarthVader
people in Missouri need to slow down and take a deep breath and think about their senate and presidential votes very carefully and what it means for America.

God's people need to intensely pray for these folks as well as all the voters in America.

7 posted on 08/24/2012 8:21:33 AM PDT by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: GoCards

Yep, I find it hard to believe that Missouri would go to Obama because Todd Akin said something stupid.

McCain carried Missouri. All of the projections we talk about in the election have been giving Romney every single state McCain carried, and building up from there. If Missouri could be lost, we need to re-calculate.

If Romney wins, it will be a narrow margin in the electoral college, so every state is critical.


8 posted on 08/24/2012 8:22:32 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: GoCards

—People are just stupid. Missourians will actually vote for Obama because of this??? I have no words—

Well, yeah, but you are stating the obvious. Look at who they elected in 2008...


9 posted on 08/24/2012 8:22:32 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: GoCards
People are just stupid. Missourians will actually vote for Obama because of this??? I have no words

This points out what we are up against. I know one very nice, older woman in my church (in Pennsylvania, not Missouri) who said she heard that Paul Ryan said that some rape was legitimate. She is a "low information" voter who gets her information from the networks and hears soundbites from the Dems. I bet there are a lot of low information voters in Missouri who are convinced that Romney or Ryan said that some rape is legitimate. Or who know that Akin is a Republican and simply tar all Republicans with the same brush -- that they don't care about rape. And the media actively promotes this to keep the Dems in power. And these people aren't morons. They are average people who just don't pay attention.

People who post on these political boards just don't understand how little most of America cares about politics and how little they know about it.

10 posted on 08/24/2012 8:22:32 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; saganite; IbJensen; GoCards
Better read the internals. They aren't pissed at Akin, they are pissed at Romnney for asking Akin to leave.

It would be best if the Conservative/GOP movement quit obsessing about Akin, you are cutting your own throats.

“Obama’s Democratic support in the state remains largely unchanged at 96%, and voters not affiliated with either major party still favor Romney by 20 points. But Republican support in Missouri for the party’s likely nominee has fallen from 94% in late July to 85% now,” Rasmussen continues.

11 posted on 08/24/2012 8:23:52 AM 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: 2ndDivisionVet

It really looks like the best thing would be to mount a write-in campaign with some articulate conservative candidate, and have both Romney and Palin campaign for him or her so that Romney is seen as really rejecting Akin. (We can debate whether it’s fair or right or giving in to the left-wing media another time. The country is at stake. Akin’s brand is damaged beyond repair, and besides pulling party funding something more public is needed so that the ‘Rats can’t uses him to drag the national ticked down — Romney falling in behind a Palin-backed write-in campaign in Missouri would be just the thing. Even better add funding for the write-in from the national GOP.)


12 posted on 08/24/2012 8:24:53 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: GoCards

I’m with you!!!

Either the poll is the usual BEE ESS, or the state of Missouri is in worse shape than we all thought.

Of course there is no denying they voted for McRascal.


13 posted on 08/24/2012 8:25:18 AM PDT by wita
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To: mrsmith
You are right. Read the internals of the poll

“Obama’s Democratic support in the state remains largely unchanged at 96%, and voters not affiliated with either major party still favor Romney by 20 points. But Republican support in Missouri for the party’s likely nominee has fallen from 94% in late July to 85% now,” Rasmussen continues

14 posted on 08/24/2012 8:25:33 AM 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: FReepers; Patriots; FRiends

Remember in November.

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15 posted on 08/24/2012 8:25:42 AM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My personal view: The Dems have climbed, reached and now passed their “Akin Peak”. They won’t recognize that fact at first but it will slowly sink in.

Patience is in order.


16 posted on 08/24/2012 8:25:42 AM PDT by InterceptPoint (.)
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To: IbJensen

You seem to be proof of your tag line.


17 posted on 08/24/2012 8:26:48 AM PDT by A Cyrenian (Timothy Geithner - proving TurboTax is not idiot proof.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

To: Rep. Todd Akin
Fm: Senator Claire McCaskill

Dear Todd,

I can’t thank you enough for bringing my candidacy back from the brink. This plan is unfolding amazingly well!

I urge you to continue with forebearance against the voices in your party to drop out from this race. I couldn’t have picked a better partner to help see me to victory. Remember, we’re in this together, and your rewards after election day will be many!

With much appreciation and affection,

Your biggest BFF, Claire


18 posted on 08/24/2012 8:27:07 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Stop the bleeding, Todd Akin. Do the right thing and step aside!!)
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To: GoCards
Missourians will actually vote for Obama because of this???

Unlikely but some folks need an excuse for why people don't like moderate Mitty.
19 posted on 08/24/2012 8:27:15 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is starting to look very convenient. Without delving too much into conspiracy theory, a republican candidate is funded by the democrats in a three way race, succeeds and then makes a unbelievably stupid statement two days before a withdrawal deadline which is allowed to pass by the candidate. Then the poll number switch to Obama. These are machinations typical of the likes of Shumer, Reid and Obama.

Akin may be being paid off.


20 posted on 08/24/2012 8:28:02 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: MNJohnnie
Better read the internals. They aren't pissed at Akin, they are pissed at Romnney for asking Akin to leave.

If anything, I'd say the drop in GOPer support from 94% to 85% indicates that, presumptive nominee or not, Romney is not doing it for the rank-and-file Republican base.

Let's not forget, Todd Akin isn't the only gaffemeister in the Republican Party. Captain Etch-a-Sketch has his share as well, despite his quality-controlled campaign.

"Big business is doing fine" anyone?

21 posted on 08/24/2012 8:28:38 AM PDT by Yashcheritsiy (Science puts you on the moon, atheism puts you in the gulag)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No biggie- the holier-than-thou crowd will explain why this is a victory for us.

I could spit nails I’m so mad.


22 posted on 08/24/2012 8:30:03 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: The_Reader_David; wita

Better read the internals of the latest Rasmussen poll. MO voters aren’t pissed at Akin, they are pissed at Romney for asking Akin to leave.

It would be best if the Conservative/GOP movement quit obsessing about Akin, you are cutting your own throats.

“Obama’s Democratic support in the state remains largely unchanged at 96%, and voters not affiliated with either major party still favor Romney by 20 points. But Republican support in Missouri for the party’s likely nominee has fallen from 94% in late July to 85% now,” Rasmussen continues.


23 posted on 08/24/2012 8:31:20 AM 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: MNJohnnie

I guess that explains Akin’s huge drop in the latest poll in Missouri. He now trails By 10 when he previously enjoyed a huge lead.

sarc


24 posted on 08/24/2012 8:31:38 AM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: GoCards

I think this analogy would work here: People may think you vote stupidly so please don’t vote and remove all doubt.

I cannot believe some are this crazy to vote for O because some senate candidate made the mistake whopper of the year. By his comment, Akin shows he was never ready for prime time. Romney was not ready for this asshat taking down his election chances.

Mckaskill was road kill till he opened his mouth...now we have to rehabilitate his campaign or find a substitute to have a shot at getting O out of the lead. Neither is a viable choice IMO.

This one could be a twofer, the death party gets the presidency and keeps the senate over this dumbass’s comment with the supreme court to follow. This is big time politics here folks and we are losing.


25 posted on 08/24/2012 8:31:53 AM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: SE Mom

Better read the internals of the latest Rasmussen poll. MO voters aren’t pissed at Akin, they are pissed at Romney for asking Akin to leave.

It would be best if the Conservative/GOP movement quit obsessing about Akin, you are cutting your own throats.

“Obama’s Democratic support in the state remains largely unchanged at 96%, and voters not affiliated with either major party still favor Romney by 20 points. But Republican support in Missouri for the party’s likely nominee has fallen from 94% in late July to 85% now,” Rasmussen continues.


26 posted on 08/24/2012 8:31:56 AM 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: 2ndDivisionVet
Al Franken (D): “And, ‘I give the pills to Lesley Stahl. Then, when Lesley’s passed out, I take her to the closet and rape her.’ Or, ‘That’s why you never see Lesley until February.’ Or, ‘When she passes out, I put her in various positions and take pictures of her.’”

With the national conversation now turning to women’s issues as a result of the bizarre and offensive comments by Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, it seems a bit odd that Vice President Biden would take the stage with Franken, considering his own lack of sensitivity to the horrors of rape. Frankin thinks rape is hilarious.

So, where is the liberal media on this? Frankin, being a democrat (and using their own propaganda against them) says Oboma thinks rape is something to laugh and joke about. Where is the outrage against Oboma?

27 posted on 08/24/2012 8:32:47 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
People who post on these political boards just don't understand how little most of America cares about politics and how little they know about it.

So true. FReepers are without a doubt the most informed political junkies in the country. It's easy to forget that.

Even my family members (non-FReepers) who are political conservatives are often surprised by the "new" information I give them regarding issues and candidates of the day.

And, yes, I keep referring them to this site, but for some reason, they haven't managed to find the initative to look it up.

Their loss. But at least they're conservatives.

28 posted on 08/24/2012 8:32:55 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: cotton1706
This is starting to look very convenient.

You know what's really sad about all of this?

The non-thinking tribalism of so many conservatives because Akin is "one of us." Reminds me of the way the Democrats deal with Joe Biden.

Here you have a guy who was the favourite candidate of the Democrats, who still want him in the race, and who actually gave lots of money to his campaign back in the primary - and FReepers are supporting him.

Why are FReepers supporting the same guy that Claire McCaskill supports?

29 posted on 08/24/2012 8:33:04 AM PDT by Yashcheritsiy (Science puts you on the moon, atheism puts you in the gulag)
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To: ScottinVA
Better read the internals of the latest Rasmussen MO poll. MO voters aren't pissed at Akin, they are pissed at Romney for asking Akin to leave.

It would be best if the Conservative/GOP movement quit obsessing about Akin, you are cutting your own throats.

“Obama’s Democratic support in the state remains largely unchanged at 96%, and voters not affiliated with either major party still favor Romney by 20 points. But Republican support in Missouri for the party’s likely nominee has fallen from 94% in late July to 85% now,” Rasmussen continues.

30 posted on 08/24/2012 8:33:31 AM 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: 2ndDivisionVet
If people are so stupid and flakey as to choose a democrat ticket because of screwy comments by one GOP congressman- then they are beyond redemption

They are not and may never be intelligent informed voters

They vote by emotion

They are excellent sheeple for those who play on their emotions (fear and anger) rather than their reason

in other words they are typical of the democrat base

buh bye America

31 posted on 08/24/2012 8:35:22 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: MNJohnnie

Yeah..good point.

Regardless- I’ve learned more about the Akin/Huckabee crowd than I ever wanted to know.


32 posted on 08/24/2012 8:35:22 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: MNJohnnie

I can see that being the case. He had no business stepping into a misspeak. All that did was bring more MSM vultures to the scene.


33 posted on 08/24/2012 8:35:47 AM PDT by commonguymd (New media has not replaced the MSM. It has emboldened it. Never underestimate the power they have.)
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To: saganite
That the ticket IGNORE the documented facts in this poll mindlessly cling to your emotion based opinions
34 posted on 08/24/2012 8:36:08 AM 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: MNJohnnie

Uh huh. Sure.

That’s really what it is about. /s


35 posted on 08/24/2012 8:38:08 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Yashcheritsiy
Better read the internals of the latest Rasmussen MO poll. MO voters aren't pissed at Akin, they are pissed at Romney for asking Akin to leave.

It would be best if the Conservative/GOP movement quit obsessing about Akin, you are cutting your own throats.

Conservatives are fracturing their own base in MO for NO reason. Get back on message! Quit falling for the Democrat propaganda machines tactics of diversion and distraction.

“Obama’s Democratic support in the state remains largely unchanged at 96%, and voters not affiliated with either major party still favor Romney by 20 points. But Republican support in Missouri for the party’s likely nominee has fallen from 94% in late July to 85% now,” Rasmussen continues.

36 posted on 08/24/2012 8:38:42 AM 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: MNJohnnie

Whatever dude. Akin is a huge distraction we don’t need. Clinging to the notion that he actually said something intelligent and defensible is whistling past the graveyard.


37 posted on 08/24/2012 8:39:11 AM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
not to worry...O'Bozo is still toast.

38 posted on 08/24/2012 8:40:28 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; w/ different flie$" :^)
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To: VanDeKoik

That the ticket IGNORE the documented facts in this poll instead mindlessly cling to your emotion based opinions


39 posted on 08/24/2012 8:40:28 AM 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: cripplecreek
From the article .....

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Missouri Voters finds President Obama with 47% support to Romney’s 46%. Three percent (3%) favor some other candidate in the race, and three percent (3%) more are undecided. At the end of July, Romney led by six percent and he has not trailed Obama in any Rasmussen poll all year.

So in your tiny little world, the Akin disaster had nothing to do with this ... okie dokie

40 posted on 08/24/2012 8:41:22 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: MNJohnnie
Er, no. The idea that GOP voters are really mad at Romney for criticising Akin is not demonstrated from the poll. It is simply your particular interpretation, and one which is heartily NOT supported by the corresponding fact that Akin now trails by 10%, whereas before he was leading by 3-4%.

How do you reconcile this with your fantasy?

41 posted on 08/24/2012 8:41:28 AM PDT by Yashcheritsiy (Science puts you on the moon, atheism puts you in the gulag)
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To: saganite
No "dude", the problem is clueless "conservatives" who willingly fall into the Democrat propaganda machines tactics of diversion and distraction time after time after time.

You people are the useful idiots of the Democrat propaganda machine.

42 posted on 08/24/2012 8:42:28 AM 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: MNJohnnie
Better read the internals of the latest Rasmussen MO poll. MO voters aren't pissed at Akin, they are pissed at Romney for asking Akin to leave.

So, voters are so pissed at Romney for asking Akin to leave, Akin went from 11% up to 10% down vs. McCaskill in a mere 10 days. Is that the line of logic here?

43 posted on 08/24/2012 8:48:10 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Stop the bleeding, Todd Akin. Do the right thing and step aside!!)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
I know one very nice, older woman in my church (in Pennsylvania, not Missouri) who said she heard that Paul Ryan said that some rape was legitimate.

She sounds too gullible for her own good. Make sure she knows Election day is Nov. 7. You'll be doing everyone concerned a favor.

44 posted on 08/24/2012 8:51:04 AM PDT by Poison Pill (Take your silver lining and SHOVE IT!)
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To: cotton1706

wouldn’t be the first time the Dems have put one of theirs into an election pretending to be a republican.
Hell they even tried to set up tea parties


45 posted on 08/24/2012 8:51:57 AM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: GoCards

People have become incapable of the kind of self government our Founding Fathers intended. Sadly, I’m not surprised.


46 posted on 08/24/2012 8:53:20 AM PDT by MachIV
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To: MNJohnnie

“documented facts”?

You are just making the assumption that this drop was due to anything that took place weeks ago. For what? Just to try to shift the blame to Romney?

This poll was conducted far after that and reflects the reaction to Akin, not some phantom dislike of Romney for something he did which no one can remotely lay a finger on.


47 posted on 08/24/2012 8:54:57 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: MNJohnnie

>Better read the internals. They aren’t pissed at Akin, they are pissed at Romnney for asking Akin to leave.

But of course...that’s why akin is now down 10 points since he spoke stupidly.

Deluded, ignorant or evil. Pick one.


48 posted on 08/24/2012 8:56:17 AM PDT by soycd
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To: soycd

If you’re asking whether you’re deluded, ignorant or evil, I’m going to go with all three.


49 posted on 08/24/2012 9:01:30 AM PDT by beandog (All Aboard the Choo Choo Train to Crazy Town)
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To: MachIV
People have become incapable of the kind of self government our Founding Fathers intended. Sadly, I’m not surprised.

Our government has gotten so big and so oppressive, people are beaten into submission. They don't remember what freedom really is. Most have never experienced it. It's hard to fight for something they're unfamiliar with.

Sadly to say, maybe an economic collapse is the only way to become a free people again. I'd be all for the dissolution of Washington and it's socialist programs if good, hard working innocent Americans wouldn't be hurt by it.

During the millennium of peace, after the great tribulation, there will be no politicians to lead us astray. Every man will sit under and tend to his own vine - and no man will be able to take it away from him.

50 posted on 08/24/2012 9:02:49 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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