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  National GOP pulls funding from Todd Akin’s Missouri race
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Last EditedHomegrown Democrat  Aug 20, 2012 02:44pm
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AuthorNia-Malika Henderson and Paul Kane
MediaNewspaper - Washington Post
News DateMonday, August 20, 2012 08:40:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionNational Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (R-Tex.) informed Rep. Todd Akin on Monday that the national GOP will not spend money to help elect him to the Senate after Akin’s controversial comments about “legitimate rape,” according to an NRSC aide.

Cornyn also told Akin that, by staying in the race, he is endangering Republicans’ hopes of retaking the majority in the Senate, the aide said.

Akin had refused to withdraw his Senate campaign earlier Monday as Republicans, hoping to contain damage to the party brand, stampeded away from the staunch anti-abortion Senate candidate after he used the phrase “legitimate rape” in talking about abortion and pregnancy.
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D:479Brandon ( 1558.3782 points)
Mon, August 20, 2012 10:49:56 PM UTC0:00
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Will Akin buckle under the pressure and drop out?
No 23 (82.14%)
Yes 5 (17.85%)
28 Votes Cast
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Polls Close August 27, 2012 12:00am

 
D:633WesternDem ( 892.4465 points)
Mon, August 20, 2012 10:55:36 PM UTC0:00
It's hard to believe the NRSC would pull funding from such a top tier race without at least some indication that it would force him out.

 
I:8943Ryan34 ( 345.7183 points)
Mon, August 20, 2012 11:11:15 PM UTC0:00
Akin might be a nutcase, but this is Missouri and the best shot the GOP has of taking out an incumbent. I would have thought they would continue to support him.

 
D:15COSDem ( 3540.3062 points)
x3 x2
Mon, August 20, 2012 11:29:11 PM UTC0:00
If polling shows McCaskill now the favorite -- would Bill Nelson then become the most vulnerable incumbent (D-SEN)?

 
R:1153J.R. ( 744.6801 points)
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Mon, August 20, 2012 11:30:34 PM UTC0:00
I'd be surprised if a guy dropped out of a race because of one gaffe... albeit a serious gaffe about a sensitive issue (rape, race, Israel, etc.)

Although I was the same guy who, like, a week ago said Akin was the safest candidate of the three Republicans running, so what do I know?

 
R:8766Republitarian ( 57.4549 points)
Mon, August 20, 2012 11:31:55 PM UTC0:00
WesternDem: It's hard to believe the NRSC would pull funding from such a top tier race without at least some indication that it would force him out.

Word on the street is that Brunner's operatives are pulling out all the stops for a potential step-in candidacy. I want my points back if Brunner steps in.

 
D:6086Jason ( 7718.4429 points)
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Mon, August 20, 2012 11:32:30 PM UTC0:00
COSDem: If polling shows McCaskill now the favorite -- would Bill Nelson then become the most vulnerable incumbent (D-SEN)?

Was, is, and will still be Tester.

 
D:2109Andy ( 4160.6357 points)
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Mon, August 20, 2012 11:32:30 PM UTC0:00
COSDem: If polling shows McCaskill now the favorite -- would Bill Nelson then become the most vulnerable incumbent (D-SEN)?

Jon Tester?

 
D:15COSDem ( 3540.3062 points)
Mon, August 20, 2012 11:42:16 PM UTC0:00
Ah yes. I forgot. Thanks.

 
D:704John ( 3346.7625 points)
Tue, August 21, 2012 12:06:30 AM UTC0:00
It's probably wishful thinking, but I'm voting no.

 
D:479Brandon ( 1558.3782 points)
Tue, August 21, 2012 12:11:48 AM UTC0:00
Jason's Tester comment: 03:32:30
Andy's Tester comment: 03:32:30

Amazing.

 
D:2109Andy ( 4160.6357 points)
Tue, August 21, 2012 12:16:05 AM UTC0:00
I am not stalking, I just want to know if Jason and Andy are the same person. Was anything ever proven. May I ask another question.

 
R:1153J.R. ( 744.6801 points)
x9
Tue, August 21, 2012 12:18:01 AM UTC0:00
Jason and Andy should both send me a $5 check so I can determine if they're real.

 
Veg:334Nothing wrong, just gone ( 591.1573 points)
Tue, August 21, 2012 12:22:03 AM UTC0:00
Seriously, making a rapid fire comment on a post is the best one can come up with to do with a time travel machine?

 
R:8766Republitarian ( 57.4549 points)
Tue, August 21, 2012 05:07:24 AM UTC0:00
I honestly don't know what Akin will do, but it'll be whatever the largest donors do and I suspect that they're holding out for someone better (Brunner, Steelman, et. al.) I think we'll know within the next day or so--and the GOP establishment seems to be all in on getting him out of the race. You don't attack a candidate from your own party like this if he's going to be on the November ballot. And if he stays in the race, you can bet your bottom dollar McCaskill will quote all these Republicans slamming Akin in her attack ads.