Missouri Senate Race Moves to Leans Democratic as Todd Akin Stays Put

September 26, 2012

By Joshua Miller and Niels Lesniewski, Roll Call

Rep. Todd Akin reaffirmed for the final time today that he will be the irrevocable Republican Senate nominee in Missouri, despite the best efforts of national Republicans to get him to step aside after he made now-infamous comments about “legitimate rape.”

At a press conference in St. Louis, where he didn’t take any questions, Akin pledged to push forward in the face of today’s 5 p.m. CDT deadline to remove himself from the ballot.

National Republicans have refused to support Akin ever since he made the widely publicized comments about rape in August, with both the National Republican Senatorial Committee and Republican National Committee saying they will stay out of the race as long as he stays in.

Akin faces Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, who began the cycle as one of the most vulnerable Senators up for re-election. With it now clear that Akin will be on the ballot in November, Roll Call is changing its race rating for the Missouri Senate race from Tossup to Leans Democratic.

The Show-Me State is so favorable to a Republican that with an infusion of third-party cash, Akin could still have a shot. But by every measure, this race now favors McCaskill.

At today’s press conference, Akin compared himself to Harry Truman in 1940. Democratic Party leaders tried unsuccessfully to defeat Truman in the primary that year, with President Franklin Roosevelt backing Missouri Gov. Lloyd Stark.

“In 1940, Harry Truman was pitched overboard by the Democrat Party in St. Louis and Kansas City, but he decided that he was going to challenge those particular leaders and let the public decide in the state of Missouri. The rest is history,” Akin said. “We’re going to do it again!”

To read more, visit:  http://atr.rollcall.com/missouri-senate-moves-to-leans-democratic-as-akin-stays-put/

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