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Republican Source: Akin Moving To Withdraw
BuzzFeed Politics ^ | 8/20/12 | Ben Smith

Posted on 08/20/2012 1:48:44 PM PDT by Evil Slayer

Missouri Republican Todd Akin has begun moving toward ending his candidacy after his remarks on rape and abortion provoked a firestorm, a top Republican said.

"Akin is taking concrete steps to withdraw by tomorrow at 5:00 p.m.," a senior Republican told BuzzFeed, adding that Akin could still change his mind.

But a Republican close to Akin said his position hasn't changed: He's still in the race.

Tomorrow afternoon is an important deadline: If he files papers to end his candidacy in Jefferson City tomorrow he can end his candidacy unilaterally; after that, he would have to file an application in court.

Possible Republican replacements, the Republican source said, include three former senators: John Ashcroft, Jim Talent, and Kit Bond. Other names being mentioned include former Ambassador Ann Wagner, who is running for Akin's now-vacant seat; and Auditor Tom Schweich.

UPDATE: Former Missouri Sen. Jim Talent tells BuzzFeed that he is not running for Senate to replace Akin. He also declined to explicitly call for Akin to step aside, but backed NRSC Chair John Cornyn's cool statement that Akin make his decision quickly.

“He’s got a decision to make and he’s got to make it quickly,” Talent added. “He’s got to know the situation and he needs to sit down and make a personal decision.”

(Excerpt) Read more at buzzfeed.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: abortion; akin; akingate; bensmith; buzzfeed; clairemccaskill; liberalrag; mccaskill; missouri; mo2012; nrsc; nuffsaid; rape; sarahsteelman; senate; senaterace; toddakin
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1 posted on 08/20/2012 1:48:48 PM PDT by Evil Slayer
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To: Evil Slayer

Possible Republican replacements, the Republican source said, include three former senators: John Ashcroft, Jim Talent, and Kit Bond. Other names being mentioned include former Ambassador Ann Wagner, who is running for Akin’s now-vacant seat; and Auditor Tom Schweich.

Geez! Roll out the old coots! How about one of the two other persons who were on the ballot just two weeks ago??


2 posted on 08/20/2012 1:52:23 PM PDT by cotton1706
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To: Evil Slayer

PLEASE for the good of the conservative movement and for the good of the people of MO, STEP DOWN Mr. Atkins.


3 posted on 08/20/2012 1:54:10 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: cotton1706

Ann Wagner is impressive. I am not sure about the two that got defeated.


4 posted on 08/20/2012 1:55:23 PM PDT by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: cotton1706

What about Sarah Steelman?


5 posted on 08/20/2012 1:55:43 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Evil Slayer

If he stays in, he looks bad to many who want to vote for him but now can’t, and many of those are likely leaners, could go either way... you can be sure the’ll not vote for Akin after this... he just made McCaskill’s case for her, that he’s wacky right.


6 posted on 08/20/2012 1:56:33 PM PDT by dps.inspect (rage against the Obama machine...)
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To: Biggirl

Drip, drip, drip..I think Akin hangs out to dry another day or so then quits.


7 posted on 08/20/2012 1:56:48 PM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: Evil Slayer

Susan B. Anthony List Endorses Ann Wagner for Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District

“Ann Wagner is...a tireless voice for women and unborn children.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Aaron Willard
314-952-4266
Press@AnnWagner.com

St. Louis – Today the Ann Wagner for Congress Campaign is honored to be among the first candidates endorsed by the Susan B. Anthony List. In 2010 the Susan B. Anthony List spent $11 million supporting pro-life candidates around the country and was successful in 62 of the 90 races they played in. This will be their sole endorsement in the Missouri 2nd Congressional District.


8 posted on 08/20/2012 1:56:54 PM PDT by SvenMagnussen (Gossip is Satan's talk radio.)
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To: Evil Slayer

He didn’t sound like he was quitting on Hannity.


9 posted on 08/20/2012 1:56:54 PM PDT by Sybeck1
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To: Evil Slayer
Possible Republican replacements, the Republican source said, include three former senators: John Ashcroft, Jim Talent, and Kit Bond. Other names being mentioned include former Ambassador Ann Wagner, who is running for Akin's now-vacant seat; and Auditor Tom Schweich.

WTF? Who needs this establishment picks? What about John Brunner and Sarah Steelman? Disgusting.

10 posted on 08/20/2012 1:57:12 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Evil Slayer

He was pretty adamant on Hannity today that he wasn’t dropping out. We shall see tomorrow. I hope he does.


11 posted on 08/20/2012 1:57:26 PM PDT by JaguarXKE (If my Fluffy had a puppy, it would look like the puppy Obama ate!)
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To: 11th Commandment

The republican establishment at the state and national level are using this as their chance to put another go-along person into the senate. Kit Bond?? He just retired two years ago for God’s sake. First Lautenberg, then Coats, now Bond. Go away!! It would be fun to see Ashcroft but he’s too old. Need somebody young.


12 posted on 08/20/2012 1:58:28 PM PDT by cotton1706
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To: Biggirl

She looks good to me, and she’s probably good politically too...


13 posted on 08/20/2012 1:58:38 PM PDT by dps.inspect (rage against the Obama machine...)
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To: Sybeck1

Hopefully he has a “come to Jesus” moment tonight, discussing this over with his family. There’s no way he can win now, not with all financial support withdrawn by various PAC’s and the NRSC itself. He’s toast, it all comes down to how much ego he has and how selfish he is. If he stays in, I’ll gladly donate to the first Republican that lines up to run against him and McCaskill as an independent.


14 posted on 08/20/2012 1:59:09 PM PDT by PhxTM06
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To: Biggirl

I voted for Sarah Steelman. I wouldn’t consider her a RINO. Had Palin’s support. Came in second in the Primary by within a handful of votes. Why wouldn’t she be Akin’s replacement if he steps down? Why are they considering John Ashcroft, Jim Talent, and Kit Bond?


15 posted on 08/20/2012 2:00:32 PM PDT by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war....)
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To: Evil Slayer

Curious that the replacement names do NOT include the 2nd and 3rd runners up challengers.

Allowing the party chair to select someone who didn’t even run for the position this year smacks of GOPe-liteism.


16 posted on 08/20/2012 2:05:05 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: PhxTM06

Can an Independent get in the race? If he does not drop out? RATS will be throwing him money to keep him in.


17 posted on 08/20/2012 2:05:28 PM PDT by lone star annie
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To: Sybeck1

Didn’t sound like he was quitting on Hannity.....I think the RNC made him an offer he could not refuse.

This entire national election hinges on middle class white women. This guy was an idiot to say something so stupid...and now the DNC is trying to hang it on Romney with the help of the MSM.

He had better quit.


18 posted on 08/20/2012 2:06:45 PM PDT by kjo (+)
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To: Evil Slayer

Great. An almost certain win and the elimination of a true scumbag and *poof*

Cue teh stupid.

Head -—————>Desk


19 posted on 08/20/2012 2:06:55 PM PDT by 98ZJ USMC
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To: Col Frank Slade

He only has one more day.

I just heard him on Hannity and he sounded pretty defiant in dropping out.


20 posted on 08/20/2012 2:09:04 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: lone star annie

I looked it up and unfortunately no...the deadline for that would have been July 30th.


21 posted on 08/20/2012 2:11:00 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: TomGuy

“Allowing the party chair to select someone who didn’t even run for the position this year smacks of GOPe-liteism.”

****

In this case, it is more a matter of name recognition, organization, contacts, and the ability to win. Primary losers don’t have an advantage over Talent, Ashcroft, or Bond when it comes to any of these regardless of ideology.

Had GOPe conspired to take Akin out, I would agree with you. Instead, this is full press damage damage control by the state and national party apparatus because Akin shot himself in the foot.

No one in the GOPe was sitting around expecting Akin to say something this terminally stupid that would open the doors for an alternate candidate.


22 posted on 08/20/2012 2:11:00 PM PDT by peyton randolph (Mitt has more views on an issue than he has pairs of magic underpants)
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To: Evil Slayer

If he stays in he costs us a seat we’d almost certainly get with someone else — anyone else — on the ballot.

I really hope he drops out.


23 posted on 08/20/2012 2:12:39 PM PDT by Random_User_250 ("Democracy is indispensable to socialism." -- Vladimir Lenin)
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To: peyton randolph

Correct...apparently the NRSC had already allocated $5 million to help Akin that is now withdrawn - the race is written off if Akin stays in.


24 posted on 08/20/2012 2:12:46 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Republican Wildcat

Yes he has to quit by tomorrow. We shall see.

He’ll run a broke campaign with no national funding.


25 posted on 08/20/2012 2:12:55 PM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: TomGuy
Curious that the replacement names do NOT include the 2nd and 3rd runners up challengers.

That's what I thought too. Why isn't the voters represented rather than the GOP-e? Should be Steelman next.

26 posted on 08/20/2012 2:14:03 PM PDT by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war....)
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To: Evil Slayer
Other names being mentioned include former Ambassador Ann Wagner, who is running for Akin's now-vacant seat; and Auditor Tom Schweich.

If they select Ann Wagner to replace him then they'll need somoeone to fill the nomination for Akin's congressional seat. And since Akin won't be doing anything...and they need someone to run...could this be the deal being offered him? Keep your old job or wind up with nothing?

27 posted on 08/20/2012 2:17:42 PM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: Evil Slayer

Wth? Shouldn’t his replacement be Brunner or Steelman?


28 posted on 08/20/2012 2:18:01 PM PDT by KansasGirl ("If you have a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."--B. Hussein Obama)
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To: Republican Wildcat

Really,he just said on Hannity he is not quitting.


29 posted on 08/20/2012 2:18:08 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: PhxTM06

[ He’s toast, it all comes down to how much ego he has and how selfish he is ]

Yep.


30 posted on 08/20/2012 2:20:52 PM PDT by KansasGirl ("If you have a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."--B. Hussein Obama)
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To: fatima

That’s the way these things are, you’re in or you’re out, you can’t be half way. So until he says he’s out, he has to maintain the status of in.


31 posted on 08/20/2012 2:21:14 PM PDT by Truthsearcher
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To: cotton1706

It’s The Lautenberg Sanction. Kind of like The Bourne Ultimatum only with less exciting chase scenes.


32 posted on 08/20/2012 2:21:21 PM PDT by Argus
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To: Evil Slayer
He's a Republican...it is his duty to fall on his sword.

Had he been a dem........

33 posted on 08/20/2012 2:23:05 PM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/2001. NEVER FORGET.)
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To: KansasGirl

I imagine the only Republican who is grateful for all this has to be Kevin Yoder. It’s keeping his Sea of Galilee skinnydipping out of the headlines.


34 posted on 08/20/2012 2:25:05 PM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: peyton randolph
Had GOPe conspired to take Akin out

Have you NOT been reading the threads of those from Missouri to Washington telling Akin to drop out?

==

I maintain my contention -- Brunner and Steelman ran. The others didn't! Those others [Tenet, Bond, et al] don't deserve being selected to the position, regardless of the reason.
35 posted on 08/20/2012 2:25:36 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Evil Slayer

Primary results:

2nd GOP runner up was Brunner with 180,788 votes;

3rd GOP runner up was Steelman with 176,127 votes.


36 posted on 08/20/2012 2:30:19 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Evil Slayer

A gentle, non-judgmental conversation with a close friend should be able to resolve the situation without a great deal of trouble. That and a severed horse head on his pillow.


37 posted on 08/20/2012 2:30:47 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Evil Slayer
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38 posted on 08/20/2012 2:32:51 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Truthsearcher

He didn’t make much sense on Hannity.


39 posted on 08/20/2012 2:33:51 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: Biggirl

At least get his name right. I don’t know who’s in greater denial, the Bed Wetting Pubbies or Clair “Late Term” McCaskill. Somebody needs to look at the numbers in the Primary and remember this race is in Missouri, not Detroit. What ever Representative Akin decides to do, the Trent Lott wing of the party will be found cowering in the corner.


40 posted on 08/20/2012 2:34:13 PM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: Delhi Rebels

So not only will he lose his congressional seat to a possible dem but he’s giving McCrakel another term in the Senate. What a loser.


41 posted on 08/20/2012 2:34:42 PM PDT by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war....)
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To: Evil Slayer; All

Sarah Steelman

42 posted on 08/20/2012 2:35:40 PM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: Republican Wildcat
I just heard him on Hannity and he sounded pretty defiant in dropping out.

"Yeah, I know I could cost Missouri a GOP Senate seat and maybe even lose Missouri for Romney thus swinging the election to Obama and destroy the country. But, hey, I can live with that. No problem."

43 posted on 08/20/2012 2:36:12 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (Beware the Rip in the Space/Time Continuum)
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To: Col Frank Slade
Tomorrow afternoon is an important deadline: If he files papers to end his candidacy in Jefferson City tomorrow he can end his candidacy unilaterally; after that, he would have to file an application in court.
44 posted on 08/20/2012 2:36:35 PM PDT by kabar
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To: Biggirl

She came in about 7 points back behind a guy named Brunner. That makes it hard to jump to her. The establishment hates Brunner just as bad as they hate Adkin. The cowering is beyond belief. Not a spine or “gravitas” to be out there saying, so what, “At least Adkin isn’t a baby killer funding Planned Parenthood”. It’s no wonder the Dems usually control government.


45 posted on 08/20/2012 2:40:07 PM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: fatima
He didn’t make much sense on Hannity.

The bottom line of the interview was that he agreed with Hannity that he could lose the Senate seat and maybe even pull Missouri out of the Romney column, thus swinging the election to Obama and destroy the country as a result. But, hey, he can live with that. Why? Because he's "not a quitter." In the moral battle between the good of the country or satisfying his own ego, the ego won out...unless he does the RIGHT THING by tomorrow afternoon.

46 posted on 08/20/2012 2:41:04 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (Beware the Rip in the Space/Time Continuum)
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To: fatima

Maybe to the voices in his own head he did.

Its clear as day that this guy isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed and the more he tries to explain his weird rape definition, the worse this thing gets.


47 posted on 08/20/2012 2:41:53 PM PDT by PhxTM06
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To: Evil Slayer

He’s been their congressman for going on 12 years and generally wins by close to a 2:1 margin. He could probably hang on to the seat.


48 posted on 08/20/2012 2:45:13 PM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: PhxTM06

He’s like those ultra-square Republican politicians from the Midwest in the 1950s who were ultra square and culturally clueless. If you can get so easily tripped up on trick questions, maybe you shouldn’t be running. And from what I heard today on Hannity, he STILL sounds clueless.


49 posted on 08/20/2012 2:51:36 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (Beware the Rip in the Space/Time Continuum)
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To: TomGuy
Curious that the replacement names do NOT include the 2nd and 3rd runners up challengers.

That's because this effort to get rid of him is being orchestrated by the Danforth establishment Republicans. A few months back they were repudiating Akin, Steelman, and Brunner wanting all three out of the race in favor of their own chosen candidate Tom Schweich.

GOPe-liteism

You bet.

50 posted on 08/20/2012 2:52:28 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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