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share save 120 16 Updated: MO Sen: Rep Todd Akin Should Step Aside

Jen Rubin over at WAPO has a couple of options for Akin’s withdrawal. And, in an update, makes it clear that the GOP and associated Super PACS are through with him.

The dripping you hear is the slow, but eventual withdrawal of Akin’s candidacy.

Todd Akin Updated: MO Sen: Rep Todd Akin Should Step Aside

Rep Todd Akin and Missouri GOP U.S. Senate Nominee

The whole Todd Akin and “legitimate rape” flap has blown up -as it should. It is time for Rep. Todd Akin to immediately step aside from his U.S. Senate nomination by the Republican Party.

Representative Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for Senator from Missouri, became nationally notorious yesterday for saying something stupid. In the course of explaining why he believes abortion should be illegal even when pregnancies result from rape, he said that in cases of “legitimate rape” the victim’s body has defense mechanisms that usually prevent pregnancy.

Give the man points for concision, at least: His remarks combined several mistakes with brutal efficiency. There is no evidence for Akin’s biological claim. The frequency with which rape results in pregnancy has no bearing on whether abortion should be allowed when it does. And while it is not completely clear what point Akin was trying to make with the phrase, “legitimate rape” should not appear in any good one.

Todd Akin is a weak candidate and Senator Claire McCaskill deserves a strong opponent. While the U.S. Senate partisan control is important, it is more important that the Missouri Republican Party not be represented by some “nut job” like Akin.

It is time for Akin to step aside and if he does not do so voluntarily, the Missouri Republican Party should strip him of the nomination.

Here are his original comments in the video below:

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Todd Akin MO Sen: Rep Todd Akin Should Step Aside

Rep Todd Akin and Missouri GOP U.S. Senate Nominee

The whole Todd Akin and “legitimate rape” flap has blown up -as it should. It is time for Rep. Todd Akin to immediately step aside from his U.S. Senate nomination by the Republican Party.

Representative Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for Senator from Missouri, became nationally notorious yesterday for saying something stupid. In the course of explaining why he believes abortion should be illegal even when pregnancies result from rape, he said that in cases of “legitimate rape” the victim’s body has defense mechanisms that usually prevent pregnancy.

Give the man points for concision, at least: His remarks combined several mistakes with brutal efficiency. There is no evidence for Akin’s biological claim. The frequency with which rape results in pregnancy has no bearing on whether abortion should be allowed when it does. And while it is not completely clear what point Akin was trying to make with the phrase, “legitimate rape” should not appear in any good one.

Todd Akin is a weak candidate and Senator Claire McCaskill deserves a strong opponent. While the U.S. Senate partisan control is important, it is more important that the Missouri Republican Party not be represented by some “nut job” like Akin.

It is time for Akin to step aside and if he does not do so voluntarily, the Missouri Republican Party should strip him of the nomination.

Here are his original comments in the video below:

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share save 120 16 MO Sen: McCaskill 43% Vs. Steelman 42%, McCaskill 45% Vs. Akin 43%

According to the latest PPP Poll.

Claire McCaskill’s approval rating has slipped a hair since PPP last polled Missouri in May, but she retains similarly slim leads over her two most likely opponents for a second Senate term, and both are still pretty unknown to voters.

43% approve of McCaskill’s work in Washington, down from 46% four months ago. The same 47% disapprove. Among the 87 senators on which PPP has polled, only one of the 23 Democrats on the ballot next year has a worse standing—Nebraska’s Ben Nelson.

But for now at least, McCaskill leads three Republicans running to replace her. She tops former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman, 43-42, down from 45-42 in the previous poll. McCaskill also edges Rep. Todd Akin, 45-43, versus 46-45 in May. And she leads businessman John Brunner, 46-37, up from 47-41.

McCaskill benefits from the anonymity of these Republicans vying for the nomination. Three-quarters have no opinion of Brunner, and over half are not familiar with the other two. None of them is seen positively by voters either. Steelman is best off, with 23% seeing her favorably and 25% unfavorably, followed by Akin’s 18-26 and Brunner’s 7-19.

Senator Claire McCaskill is in trouble. American Crossroads (Karl Rove’s Super PAC) is already hitting her hard with ads and a website.

How about this billboard:

airclairebillboardv2 MO Sen: McCaskill 43% Vs. Steelman 42%, McCaskill 45% Vs. Akin 43%

The Republican Party should pick up this seat in 2012.

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share save 120 16 Mo Sen Poll Watch: Claire McCaskill 46% Vs. Todd Akin 45%

According to the latest PPP Poll.

Job Approval Vs. Disapproval:

  • Senator Claire McCaskill – 46% Vs. 47%

Approval Vs. Disapproval Vs. Not sure:

  • Todd Akin – 18% Vs. 21% Vs. 61%
  • John Brunner – 8% Vs. 19% Vs. 73%
  • Blaine Luetkemeye – 14% Vs. 22% Vs. 64%
  • Ed Martin – 11% Vs. 20% Vs. 70%
  • Sarah Steelman – 26% Vs. 22% Vs. 52%

General election Head to Head:

  • McCaskill – 46% Vs. Akin – 45%
  • McCaskill – 47% Vs. Brunner – 41%
  • McCaskill – 45% Vs. Luetkemeye – 42%
  • McCaskill – 46% Vs. Martin – 39%
  • McCaskill – 45% Vs. Steelman – 42%

Missouri Senator Clair McCaskill is vulnerable in 2012 and the GOP is counting on picking up her seat. The latest PPP Poll does nothing to give her campaign any optimism.

These margins don’t exactly look comfortable for McCaskill and a look inside the numbers suggests they’re likely to get worse. There are a good deal more undecided Republicans than Democrats in all of these match ups- 5% more undecided GOP voters against Steelman, 6% more against Akin, 10% more against Luetkemeyer, 11% more against Brunner, and 12% more against Martin. If those folks end up coming ‘home’ you’re looking at each of the Republican picking up another 2-4 points on the margin.

Why are there so many more Republican undecideds? The crop of GOP candidates continues to be mostly unknown to voters in the state. None of them reaches 50% name recognition. Steelman is the best known with 48% of voters having an opinion about her, 26% positive and 22% negative. She’s followed by 39% who know Akin (18/21), 36% who know Luetkemeyer (14/22), 31% who know Martin (11/20), and 27% who know Brunner (8/19).

The state of this race remains the same- McCaskill is one of the most vulnerable incumbents up for reelection next year. But the bad news cycles she endured over the last few months seemed like they had the potential to shift this race to one where she was favored to lose. In that sense the continued toss up status of the contest is good news for her.

Good news for McCaskill?

I suppopse she could be behind but with her airplane woes and the lack of GOP hit ads means that worst is yet to come.

This race will NOT be a toss-up but a GOP gain.

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share save 120 16 Mo Sen GAFFE: Sen. Claire McCaskill Now Joking About the Recession
Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) discusses the recession’s “silver lining” with Georgetown University College Democrats on March 28, 2011.

As if the Senators private airplane problems weren’t enough.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has been in the news lately for her failure to pay taxes on an airplane. McCaskill is not known as the most congenial member of the Senate. And every now and then her lack of tact comes out in public. A GOP operative passes on this clip of her speaking to a Georgetown Law School audience:

Well, it’s not “really good news” but just a “silver lining” that the recession has brought down emissions.

Aside from that gaffe (which she realizes along the way), there is something significant here. What she is saying that the recession did an even “better” job of bringing down emissions than cap-and-trade would have. Um, isn’t that the problem with cap-and-trade? Critics complain its’s going to increase costs and thereby suppress economic activity, and those emissions in the process. Now, McCaskill seems to agree.

I guess Senator McCaskill should call Michael J. Fox for some help.

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