McCaskill reports $5.8 million raised in Akin contest

October 4, 2012

(Reuters) – Senator Claire McCaskill, whose Missouri re-election campaign has attracted national attention since her Republican challenger made controversial remarks about rape, said on Wednesday she raised $5.8 million in the last quarter.

McCaskill, once seen as one of the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents, announced the figure on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon – twelve days before required – and wrote, “Thank you to thousands!”

In August, Akin, a six-term congressman, created an uproar for saying that women have a biological defense against pregnancies from “legitimate rape.”

Akin was subsequently shunned by senior Republicans who urged him to quit the race, but he refused to back out.

Missouri is a key target for Republicans who need a net gain of four seats in November’s election to win a Senate majority.

Akin has not released his fund-raising figures, but said recently he has received contributions from people across America. Last month, he announced he had won the support of a conservative group that pledged over $290,000 to his campaign.

The National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee and some other GOP groups have endorsed his candidacy in a race that could decide control of the Senate.

McCaskill did not release any information Wednesday on the sources of her contributions and how much may have come from pro-choice or other groups that support women’s rights.

Two recent polls show McCaskill leading Akin.

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