Todd Akin, Rush Limbaugh, John Ashcroft, and Mark Twain

By: Monday August 20, 2012 4:15 pm

To people here in Missouri, Akin’s comments were not terribly surprising. Akin is a known commodity — known to be highly conservative and well in keeping with a non-trivial slice of the Missouri electorate.

Like Br’er Rabbit telling Br’er Fox not to throw him in the briar patch, Claire McCaskill ran ads on Fox News during the GOP primary fight, calling Akin “too conservative for Missouri”. With an endorsement like that, conservatives in the GOP primary race were happy to hand Akin a victory with 36% of the vote.

 

Todd Akin Wins Missouri GOP Primary as Claire McCaskill Hoped

By: Wednesday August 8, 2012 9:20 am

In yesterday’s Missouri primary, Rep. Todd Akin managed to narrowly win his party’s Senate nomination with 36 percent of the vote. He beat out both self-funded businessman John Brunner, who got 30 percent, and former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman, who got 29 percent, for the chance to take on incumbent Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill.

Akin was considered the most conservative of the nominees and the weakest general election candidate.

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