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  A GOP switch on Todd Akin?
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Last EditedRP  Nov 01, 2012 02:01pm
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AuthorJOHN BRESNAHAN and MANU RAJU
News DateThursday, November 1, 2012 07:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionRep. Todd Akin and the Missouri Republican Party are launching a nearly $700,000 TV ad blitz in the closing days of his challenge to Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, but the source of the funds for the effort is unclear.

These are the first ads run by the Missouri GOP in conjunction with Akin’s campaign. Of the total, $386,000 will come from the Missouri GOP to pay for the ad run, with the remaining supplied by Akin’s committee.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee declined repeatedly to comment on whether it is the source of the funds being used by the Missouri GOP on Akin’s behalf. Previously, the committee has insisted it would stay out of the race.

But with a once-promising Senate landscape having shifted against the Republicans, they may have changed their stance on an Akin boycott. The NRSC would not have to disclose any such transfer to the Missouri GOP until after Election Day, limiting any fallout for Cornyn if he reversed himself.
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