Yesterday was the final day that Todd Akin could take himself off the Missouri Senate ballot. But I think the national Republicans who desperately wanted this to happen gave up on the idea long ago. Clearly Akin marches to his own beat, and wouldn’t be swayed even by the cutoff of funds. Some conservative movement members have slowly been inching their way back into the race, with Newt Gingrich campaigning with Akin this week, and Jim DeMint’s PAC likely to send him some money.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday September 26, 2012 9:45 am|
|By: David Dayen Friday August 24, 2012 1:19 pm|
Care for a Friday afternoon news dump? Todd Akin, the Missouri Senate candidate whose comments about abortion, pregnancy and rape dominated the week, will hold a press conference today at 4:15pm CT in St. Louis County. I’m not sure why this would be held if it weren’t an update to the status of his Senate campaign.
Akin missed the deadline to easily withdraw from the race in Missouri, but it’s not really that much more difficult at this point.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday August 22, 2012 11:00 am|
The deadline for easily withdrawing from the Missouri Senate race has come and gone, and Akin remains “in it to win it,” defying even a call by the presumptive Vice-Presidential nominee (and a friend from the House Budget Committee, as well as a partner in anti-abortion politics), Paul Ryan. But on his apology tour, Akin actually went further in his comments about abortion and rape, something that should not be overlooked. He actually dug a bigger hole.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday August 21, 2012 1:00 pm|
Just to carry over from the last post, Todd Akin will stay in his Senate race in Missouri, saying that he’s received “tremendous grassroots support” over the last 48 hours. That will have to suffice for the time being, however. The National Republican Senatorial Committee, which has been leading efforts to force Akin out, said in a statement about Akin that “if he continues with this misguided campaign, it will be without the support and resources of the NRSC.”
|By: David Dayen Tuesday August 21, 2012 7:00 am|
When you put out an ad that has to state clearly, up front, that “rape is an evil act,” I’d say that should be the end of your political career, but in this case, Todd Akin is clearly making a play for hanging in there in Missouri, with just hours before he needs to make a decision on whether to withdraw.
|By: David Dayen Monday August 20, 2012 12:30 pm|
Rumors are rampant that Todd Akin will withdraw from the US Senate race in Missouri, but that has not been confirmed at this point. All we know is that he dug himself a larger hole with his appearance on Mike Huckabee’s radio show. Now even the President is helping Mr. Akin decide his fate. [video]
|By: David Dayen Monday August 20, 2012 7:30 am|
By now you surely know about Missouri Rep. (and US Senate candidate) Todd Akin’s comments to a local news station about “legitimate rape” and how women have a magic pregnancy shutdown switch when in a rape situation. (I believe it activates much like the Wonder Twins, you have to yell out “form a sperm filter!”) Akin has since said that he “misspoke”. But he actually uttered a long-standing belief on the part of the anti-choice movement, simply taking it a bit further and in a less friendly setting than is typical.
|By: Scarecrow Thursday August 19, 2010 2:33 pm|
Yet another foolish Democrat, this time Missouri Senate candidate, Robin Carnahan, thinks we should extend the Bush tax cuts for the richest Americans, because “now is not a good time for raising taxes.” Are they truly that clueless about what the choices are?
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday August 3, 2010 11:59 am|
Today, important primaries are taking place in Michigan, Kansas and Missouri. FDL Elections will be live blogging the results as they come in this evening.