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Tea Party-backed Rep. Akin wins Missouri GOP Senate primary to take on McCaskill
FoxNews ^ | Aug. 8, 2012

Posted on 08/08/2012 4:31:48 AM PDT by Milagros

CBS News Tea Party-backed Rep. Akin wins Missouri GOP Senate primary to take on McCaskill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Rep. Todd Akin, who played up his tea party credentials and conservative appeal, broke out from a three-way Missouri Republican primary on Tuesday to earn the right to take on Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, setting up one of ...

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TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: akin; gopprimary; mccaskill; mccaskill4akin; missouri; mo; mo2012; palin; palinendorsemants; steelman; teaparty
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1 posted on 08/08/2012 4:32:04 AM PDT by Milagros
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To: Milagros

The article says that McCaskill took out ads against all thee repubs.
I only saw ads against Akin. Which is I believe the candidate that she wants to run against.


2 posted on 08/08/2012 4:49:52 AM PDT by Politically Correct (A member of the rabble in good standing)
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To: Milagros

Akin was the Tea Party backed candidate? News to me!


3 posted on 08/08/2012 4:51:18 AM PDT by misharu (US Congress: Children without adult supervision.)
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To: Politically Correct

If Akin lives up to the ad that Claire was running against him, I’ll be a very happy Missourian.


4 posted on 08/08/2012 5:01:52 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: listenhillary

Does Akin have a good chance?


5 posted on 08/08/2012 5:05:04 AM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: Milagros

Catty hags in the Lame-Stream Media likely sharpening their claws to write the death knell of Sarah Palin’s influence.


6 posted on 08/08/2012 5:06:56 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: tsowellfan

He has been a fairly solid conservative. A couple of questionable votes, but that is hard to avoid when they stick unrelated legislation on to funding bills.

http://www.akin.org/about-todd-akin


7 posted on 08/08/2012 5:08:17 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: tsowellfan

Polling has shown that Claire loses to Akin, as well as Steeleman and Brunner. Now we’ll find out. Akin, I thought was so far behind that he’d be in third place at the end of the night. I thought he was ‘too conservative’ so said Clair’es ad. Hope he’s as good as Claire says he is!


8 posted on 08/08/2012 5:08:30 AM PDT by Big Giant Head
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To: Milagros

Would you sum up the situation and significance for those of us not from Missouri?


9 posted on 08/08/2012 5:10:17 AM PDT by maryz
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To: maryz
Obama's minions are being picked off. Claire was Obama's number one groupie.
10 posted on 08/08/2012 5:16:25 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: Big Giant Head

Did you see that Akin and his wife home schooled their 4 boys and 2 girls?


11 posted on 08/08/2012 5:18:49 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: listenhillary
that means get ready for the leftists to paint him as a nut


12 posted on 08/08/2012 5:25:05 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Big Giant Head
Akin...I thought he was ‘too conservative’ so said Clair’es ad.

Compared to what? Were the founders "too conservative" are the American people "too conservative"? In the US, right-wing means adherence to the Constitution, limited government, and the belief in self-reliant individuals with equal rights and responsibility.

All our enemies in wartime; the Nazis, the Soviets, the communists in Viet Nam and Cambodia, even the confedeRAT democRATS have been leftist control freaks.

In the oaths of office, where they refer to "defending the Constitution against all enemies both foreign and domestic" those "domestic enemies" are people like McCaskill, Reid, Pelosi, obama, AKA...the RATs.

13 posted on 08/08/2012 5:27:45 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: TurboZamboni

From http://www.semissourian.com/story/1879404.html

“McCaskill may also have aided Akin with a TV ad in which she highlighted his conservative viewpoints — calling him a “crusader against bigger government,” asserting that he wants to eliminate some federal agencies and privatize Social Security and noting that he promotes a “pro-family agenda” — before ending the commercial by claiming that Akin “is just too conservative.”

Some Republicans at the polls Tuesday said McCaskill’s ad increased their desire to vote for Akin. At least a couple Democrats said they crossed over and voted for Akin in the Republican primary in the hope he’d be an easier target for McCaskill in the general election.


14 posted on 08/08/2012 5:28:46 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: listenhillary
I know that much (didn't know what she looked like though -- LOL!). I was wondering about the relative merits of the three Republicans.

Is Akin really the Republican who is closest to the values of the Tea Party? I only ask because a poster on the thread seemed skeptical.

I don't mean this in any way to be critical of anyone -- Just how can I learn if I don't ask questions??? ;-)

15 posted on 08/08/2012 5:30:59 AM PDT by maryz
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To: listenhillary
I liked McCackle’s ads touting Akin’s small government philosophy. Count me as in full support of eliminating departments of Education, Energy and Commerce.
16 posted on 08/08/2012 5:35:49 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I didn't post this. Someone else did.)
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To: maryz

I can only speak for the Tea Partiers I know around here (who were for Brunner). The ad was a pitch for Aiken stating he was too conservative for Mo. A brilliant ad designed to put him over the top. Whoever wins the areas surrounding St. Louis & K. C. (Democratic strong holds) win the election. Brunner & Steelman had a better chance to pick up some votes in those areas. With her ad the ground work has already been laid for the Dems to have an easier time getting votes in those areas. His conservative credentials make him the easiest candidate for them to pick off. They won’t need as many dead voters......

At least that’s how some of us see it.


17 posted on 08/08/2012 5:37:16 AM PDT by PoplarBluffian
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To: DTogo

Catty hags in the Lame-Stream Media . . .

Yes, I’m waiting. Wonder if they’ll notice that just about all her “losses” are female. But she’s in a most unfortunate box, having to support SOME females. And even her “wins” in that category aren’t always the best (like those who backed Romney before he collected the requisite primary votes).


18 posted on 08/08/2012 5:37:52 AM PDT by Mach9
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To: maryz

Akin will do just fine. He has been around awhile and does not have a lot of dirt or garbage that can be thrown at him. I liked him the best of the three candidates. He is a good choice to take on Claire. I would have been happy to vote for either of the other two as well. It was refreshing to have some decent choices for once.


19 posted on 08/08/2012 5:40:55 AM PDT by gopno1
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To: maryz

All candidates were saying what TEA party members wanted to hear. It was a race to see who could be the strongest TEA.

Brunner came out of nowhere and spent 2 to 3 million dollars of his own money. He said all of the right things and ran tons of negative adds against Steelman. Was he TEA party enough? We would have to take his word for it.

Steelman comes from a family of lawyers and politicians. I think she would have done a fine job. Was she just jumping on the TEA party wave as a way to get elected? I don’t know. She made enemies in the State Republican party and that is not always a deal killer in my eyes. Early in her career she took a ton of money from the trial lawyers. State treasurer.

Akin is solid and unlikely to have any hidden skeletons. I’m sure someone can find a vote or two and claim that it proves that he is not conservative enough.


20 posted on 08/08/2012 5:44:14 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: listenhillary
Claire was Obama's number one groupie.

Oh yea. She helped launch the fraud. Glad to see her go. As a woman, I have to say that liberal women and their base played a significant role in the downfall of this country. Once again, obama is leading big among women. They are a stupid constituency (conservative women excepted).

21 posted on 08/08/2012 5:49:32 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: PoplarBluffian; gopno1; listenhillary
Thank you all for the information! Sounds as if there wasn't a really bad one in the bunch!

I'm in MA, where should an actual conservative have the temerity to announce as a Republican, the MA GOP will quickly recruit a liberal to primary him and throw its support to the liberal. MA has a lot of conservatives, just never a conservative candidate to vote for!

22 posted on 08/08/2012 5:49:51 AM PDT by maryz
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To: listenhillary

Now it’s time to forget all that and do what needs to be done which is send McCaskill’s sorry self packing in November!

If I was akin I would run one add over and over! It would say this:

“It was Claire McCaskill’s vote that gave us Obamacare!”


23 posted on 08/08/2012 5:51:26 AM PDT by Bigun ("The most fearsome words in the English language are I'm from the government and I'm here to help!")
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To: Milagros
Although lots of Obama journalists are constantly salivating over the prospect of working in a Sarah Palin dig, she's been up to bat 5 times this season and has 4 hits; quite impressive.
24 posted on 08/08/2012 5:59:09 AM PDT by JPG (Mount your steeds. Nov '12 is for all the marbles.)
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To: JPG
"Although lots of Obama journalists are constantly salivating over the prospect of working in a Sarah Palin dig, she's been up to bat 5 times this season and has 4 hits; quite impressive."

She is also the only one out there, putting herself on the line, going up to bat time and time again. She is not afraid of "losing", that's a part of life. Win some, lose some.

Her batting season thus far has been quite impressive.

25 posted on 08/08/2012 6:37:51 AM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: Milagros
Missouri election results here: http://enr.sos.mo.gov/ENR/Views/TabularData.aspx

I always like to compare votes between the major party candidates, because it's a fairly good predictor of how the November election will go. The top three Republicans split 567,000 votes to Claire's 289,000. That's 2 Republican votes to every Democrat vote, in a state where it usually runs about 50-50. Assuming the Republicans will unite behind Akin, things look very good for Akin’s chances in November.

26 posted on 08/08/2012 6:45:16 AM PDT by Missouri gal
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To: DTogo

“Catty hags in the Lame-Stream Media likely sharpening their claws to write the death knell of Sarah Palin’s influence.”

There are enough Palin haters right here at FR, sad because it was once called Palin Country...so much for that around here anymore.

as for Sarah S result, remember that in a 3 way race anything can happen. Lots of Rino`s in MO me thinks


27 posted on 08/08/2012 6:50:26 AM PDT by Friendofgeorge (SARAH PALIN 2012 OR BUST)
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To: maryz

The skeptical poster was questioning the assertion that Akin was backed by the Tea Party during the primary. It was news to me, too. Todd Akin had the support of Mike Hukabee, but I got the impression that the Tea Party favorite was Sarah Steelman. Maybe it was because of the support Steelman got from Sarah Palin.

Akin does have a solid conservative record and I would think that the Tea Party will support him.


28 posted on 08/08/2012 7:18:44 AM PDT by rwa265 ("This is My Beloved Son, Listen to Him.")
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To: listenhillary

He has never shied away from being a Godly conservative. He would make a great senator.
Heard McCaskill bashing him this morning as she heads out to Kansas City to campaign.


29 posted on 08/08/2012 7:22:34 AM PDT by katiedidit1
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To: maryz
Akin is a true conservative which is rare among today's republicans. http://akin.house.gov/

Akin Votes to Audit the Fed

July 25, 2012

Washington, DC— Washington, DC – Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO) released the following statement regarding today’s vote and passage of H.R. 459, the Federal Rese...
CONTINUE READING

Akin leads letter to Sec. Clinton opposing U.N. regulation of the internet

July 19, 2012

20 Congressmen stand up for Internet freedom Washington, DC — Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO) today released a letter he sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clint...

30 posted on 08/08/2012 7:36:31 AM PDT by katiedidit1
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To: rwa265
Now I remember I saw something about Palin appearing with Steelman!

In any case, it sounds like you're lucky enough to have a state GOP that doesn't actively undermine conservative candidates!

31 posted on 08/08/2012 7:40:34 AM PDT by maryz
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To: katiedidit1
So I guess the outcome really is good news! :)

Though the other possible outcomes wouldn't have been awful.

Are the other two candidates likely to actively support Akin in the general?

32 posted on 08/08/2012 7:43:24 AM PDT by maryz
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To: listenhillary
"Akin is solid and unlikely to have any hidden skeletons"

The sub rosa of 2012 is going to be a 'Clean Gene' election nationally; people are sick of the children running DC who are running our country into the ground; time to send adults like Akin and Mourdock to clean up the mess.

33 posted on 08/08/2012 8:00:58 AM PDT by StAnDeliver (=)
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To: Milagros

Any of those conservatives are a huge upgrade over ObamasClaire. If majority of Missourians re-elect her then they deserve whatever carpola comes their way.


34 posted on 08/08/2012 8:06:38 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: maryz

“Appearing before family, friends and campaign staff, Steelman announced that she had conceeded the election to Akin at about 10 p.m. Tuesday night.

“Todd Akin is a fine man, and a good conservative,” Steelman said. “I know he’ll fight hard for the people of this state, and I put faith in him.”

Although disappointed with the result, Steelman pledged to do everything she can to help Akin defeat Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill in November’s election.


Brunner spent 8 million dollars? Holy....

Akin’s victory particularly took Brunner by surprise. Brunner had spent at least $8 million of his own money and had led in all the pre-election polls. Tuesday night, Brunner opted against a public concession speech, instead offering his congratulations in a private phone call to Akin.


35 posted on 08/08/2012 8:21:57 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: Milagros
I keep hearing on radio news that Atkin beat out the Others, even Palin's backed Tea Party candidate.

So was Atkin the one she backed or were there two Tea Party candidates?

36 posted on 08/08/2012 8:46:24 AM PDT by Spunky (Those)
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To: Milagros

I thought Steelman was the TP candidate.


37 posted on 08/08/2012 9:20:16 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Spunky
So was Atkin the one she backed or were there two Tea Party candidates?

Actually there was no Tea Party candidate - or they all were. I backed Akin but I have friends in the Tea Party who backed all three and all agreed to back the winner. We were in the unusual position of having a great slate of candidates - in this race and in all the state-wide races. Missouri will be a solid red state come November.

38 posted on 08/08/2012 9:22:08 AM PDT by Da Bilge Troll (Defeatism is not a winning strategy!)
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To: Milagros

Everybody always keep saying “Democratic” this and “Democratic” that. There’s nothing “democratic” about how they do things. It’s one single party line, and if people don’t tow it, they’re out.

This always pisses me off. Fox should know better.


39 posted on 08/08/2012 9:39:06 AM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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August 2012 primary Republican votes cast vs Democrat votes cast

Gov (R) 556,599 77.5% more votes cast
Gov (D) 313,643

Senate (R) 602,795 108% more votes cast
Senate (D) 288,986

Lt.Gov (R) 576,535 94.5% more votes cast
Lt.Gov (D) 291,816

SOS (R) 547,020 92.2% more votes cast
SOS (D) 284,562

Att Gen (R)521,391 88.8% more votes cast
Att Gen (D)276,173

A few precincts are still not reporting.


40 posted on 08/08/2012 10:28:10 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: maryz
They are all good candidates imo. I am very happy with the outcome and would think that Brunner and Steelman would rally around a man that fights for conservative issues and makes no apologies for doing so..it would be in their best interest to ensure that McCaskill is defeated.
41 posted on 08/08/2012 10:59:33 AM PDT by katiedidit1
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To: maryz

They were all good candidates. I believe they share Akins views and will rally behind him in order to beat McCaskill. I am very happy with Akin being the choice.


42 posted on 08/08/2012 11:01:19 AM PDT by katiedidit1
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To: listenhillary

Anyone else think she looks like Ted Kennedy in drag...ipes.


43 posted on 08/08/2012 12:16:32 PM PDT by Leep
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To: Politically Correct

McCaskill did more harm to herself with the ad she posted against Akin saying that he was “just too conservative for MO”. She did herself in with that ad and Akin will win the election if she keeps using it. I hope she does.


44 posted on 08/08/2012 12:27:49 PM PDT by Maryhere ("HE comes to rule the earth")
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To: PoplarBluffian

Actually now, that’s just too confusing!

The meme around here is to vote for the MOST conservative Republican in the primary, and then vote Republican in the general election. So, if Aikin is the MOST conservative, isn’t this what we FReepers, as the Internet’s premier conservative forum, want?

Voting for a RINO because they can get more moderate votes is what we’ve been fighting!

I think we do well to stand by the more—not less—conservative running.


45 posted on 08/08/2012 12:40:54 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: PoplarBluffian

Actually now, that’s just too confusing!

The meme around here is to vote for the MOST conservative Republican in the primary, and then vote Republican in the general election. So, if Aikin is the MOST conservative, isn’t this what we FReepers, as the Internet’s premier conservative forum, want?

Voting for a RINO because they can get more moderate votes is what we’ve been fighting!

I think we do well to stand by the more—not less—conservative running.


46 posted on 08/08/2012 12:40:54 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Milagros; maryz; listenhillary; Just another Joe
The one who was seen as "the Tea Party candidate" and "Palin's choice"--Palin endorsed her and came and made a campaign appearance for her--was Sarah Steelman. Steelman came in third.

Todd Akin is a solid conservative. I voted for him. All who voted for Steelman or Brunner yesterday will gladly vote for Akin in November. Akin will defeat ObamaClaire, and he will be a good senator.

47 posted on 08/08/2012 12:54:00 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (St. Louis County, Missouri)
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To: Milagros

The Akin win impressed me. I can’t help liking when the old war horse beats both money and a pretty face. That he won by so much larger margin than expected should embolden us all. Also take a moment to look at the party totals.

GOP 603,120
DEM 289,150

McCaskill got 289,150 votes with no competition and underperformed the Dem Gov race by about 7% so that is really positive thing for us but bad for her. The GOP Senate race over performed the Gov Race by almost the same amount.

This really shows a big enthusiasm GAP. It confirms exactly what Gallop has been reporting. I’ll be surprised if Akin doesn’t outperform Mitt Romney and win by double digits.


48 posted on 08/08/2012 12:57:41 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Now lets return to our regular scheduled deprogramming.)
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To: Bigun
If I was akin I would run one add over and over! It would say this: “It was Claire McCaskill’s vote that gave us Obamacare!”

Akin was interviewed on the radio here in St. Louis this morning, and he made that very point. He added that when HE is senator, he wants to be the vote that REPEALS Obamacare.

49 posted on 08/08/2012 1:00:16 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (St. Louis County, Missouri)
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To: katiedidit1
They are all good candidates imo.

Once upon a time, before the Marxists captured the jackass party and drove nearly all the RINO inclined politicians over to the GOP, elections were about who could do the best job among a slate of decent candidates. They weren't about the lesser of two evils.

Congratulations to the Missouri GOP for getting back to where the entire country should be.

50 posted on 08/08/2012 1:40:26 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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