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NRSC Spent Big On Todd Akin Race After Claiming To Abandon Him

 

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The National Republican Senatorial Committee sent $760,000 to the Missouri Republican Party in the first days of November, which was used to give the embattled Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) a last-minute campaign boost, Politico reports.

Just two months prior to making that move, the NRSC had publicly promised to abandon Akin, who said in August that “legitimate rape” does not lead to pregnancy.

“It is not only wrong that the NRSC would provide funds to support a dangerous extremist like Todd Akin, it was underhanded and dishonest that they would purposely mislead the public about their actions,” Matt Canter, a spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, told The Huffington Post Friday.

The Huffington Post reported on Oct. 31 that over $700,000 had been funneled into Akin’s campaign through Missouri’s Republican party, but the NRSC refused to say whether or not they had spent the money. Most of the national GOP establishment, including super PACs like Karl Rove’s American Crossroads, had cut Akin off after trying and failing to oust him from his Senate race.

The last minute TV ad buy for Akin, of course, made little difference, as the candidate lost by a 15-point margin to Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) on Election Day Nov. 6.

The NRSC declined to comment.

This story has been updated to reflect the NRSC’s response.

 

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Rape comments deal fatal Senate blow to Republicans

Heidi Przybyla and Kathleen Hunter

Two Republican candidates who made controversial comments about rape during the campaign have been defeated, almost certainly helping the Democrats to retain their majority in the Senate.

The Democrats are almost assured of retaining the majority after Republicans lost seats in Indiana, Massachusetts and Maine.

In Missouri the incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill defeated Republican Todd Akin to win a second Senate term.

Waiting in vain ... a volunteer carries a sign into Richard Mourdock's planned victory rally in Indianapolis.Waiting in vain … a volunteer carries a sign into Richard Mourdock’s planned victory rally in Indianapolis. Photo: Reuters

The race was turned upside down on August 19 when Mr Akin said in a television interview that “legitimate rape” rarely results in pregnancy. The remark prompted party officials, including the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, to urge the six-term congressman to leave the race. It was a political gift to Ms McCaskill, 59, who had been trailing Mr Akin in polls.

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The Senate contest in Missouri, a Republican-leaning state where Barack Obama has low approval ratings, had been viewed as one of the Republicans’ best opportunities to capture one of four seats they need to win a Senate majority.

In Indiana, the Democrat Joe Donnelly defeated Richard Mourdock, who in May defeated the six-term Republican incumbent Richard Lugar in a primary vote.

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Supporters of President Barack Obama cheer as Obama wins their state, at a victory party in Manchester, New Hampshire. Photo: The New York Times

Less than two weeks before election day, Mr Mourdock, the Indiana state treasurer, imperiled his attempt to replace Mr Lugar in the Senate by referring to pregnancies resulting from rape as “something God intended to happen”.

The Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown was beaten by the Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren, television networks reported.

In Maine, the independent Angus King beat a Republican and a Democrat for the seat being vacated by Republican Senator Olympia Snowe, whose decision in February to retire was an early blow to Republicans’ hopes of gaining Senate control. Mr King is expected to caucus with Democrats.

Campaign clanger ... Todd Akin votes in Wildwood, Missouri.Campaign clanger … Todd Akin votes in Wildwood, Missouri. Photo: AFP

Democrats control the Senate 53-47. Republicans needed to pick up four net seats to gain a majority.

Democratic candidates in Connecticut, Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania held on to seats the party now controls that were considered competitive.

The Democrat Chris Murphy defeated Linda McMahon, the former head of World Wrestling Entertainment, for the Senate seat in Connecticut held by retiring Senator Joseph Lieberman, an independent who caucuses with Democrats. Senator Sherrod Brown defeated Republican challenger Josh Mandel in Ohio, a presidential battleground state.

In Florida, Democratic Senator Bill Nelson of Florida won a third term, defeating Republican Representative Connie Mack IV.

Democratic Senator Bob Casey defeated Republican Tom Smith in Pennsylvania.

The Senate electoral landscape was supposed to favor Republicans, who were defending 10 seats compared with 23 Democratic seats on the ballot this year in the 100-seat chamber. The odds of a Republican majority dropped from 70 per cent in February to just below 40 per cent, according to the nonpartisan Cook Political Report in Washington.

To gain the majority, Republicans needed to hold all five of their competitive seats, including in Indiana and Massachusetts, and pick up four currently held by Democrats.

Continued gridlock would be probable next year in a Congress with an unchanged balance of power, said Jennifer Duffy, Senate analyst for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report in Washington. Both parties will “find things in this election to encourage them to continue to behave as they’ve behaved the last two to four years”, she said.

Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock won't be ascending to the U.S. Senate. (photo: Scott Olson/Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)
Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock won’t be ascending to the U.S. Senate. (photo: Scott Olson/Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)

 

Rape Comments Cost Akin and Mourdock Senate Seats

Karen McVeigh, Guardian UK

 

 

odd Akin and Richard Mourdock, the Republican candidates who made off-the-cuff remarks about rape and abortion, have both been defeated, destroying their party’s hopes of taking control of the Senate.

Akin, who lost to incumbent Claire McCaskill in Missouri, was abandoned by his party after he made his notorious “legitimate rape” comments in August. The six-term congressman from suburban St Louis and a staunch pro-lifer, told a television interviewer who asked about his abortion stance: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Until that point, McCaskill was considered one of the most vulnerable Democratic incumbent senators because of her links to Barack Obama in a state that has leaned heavily to the right in recent national elections.

Immediately after the result was called on Tuesday night, Jason Whitman, the GOP chairman, expressed his frustration at Akin in a tweet, which read: I just want to say a quick thank you to @ToddAkin for helping us lose the senate”

Akin’s remarks, at odds with basic biology as well as introducing the notion that rape was a crime on a sliding scale, caused widespread offence among Republicans and Democrats alike.

In Indiana, Mourdock, a Tea Party favourite who beat veteran incumbent Richard Lugar in the Republican primary, was initially tipped to win against Joe Donnelly, but he too lost ground after overstepping the line when talking about abortion and rape. He said that pregnancy resulting from rape is “something that God intended to happen.”

The Republican party, who believed it would be impossible for Akin to beat McCaskill after the controversy, withdrew campaign funding and leaders, including Mitt Romney and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell called on him to step down in time for the party to name a replacement. Missouri has long been considered to be an important seat for Republicans if they are to win the Senate.

But Akin refused and, with a band of mostly Christian conservative supporters, portrayed himself as an anti-establishment figure.

When the national Republican senatorial committee and Crossroads for America, an influential Super Pac, withdrew funding, Akin began an online campaign for donations and found support from prominent Republicans, including former presidential candidates Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum.

Akin’s campaign concentrated on McCaskill’s close ties with Obama, her support of the healthcare law and the 2009 fiscal stimulus and her family’s links to federal money.

McCaskill featured video clips of Akin expressing opposition to the federal minimum wage and to the federal government’s role in issuing student loans, which he had cited as an example of how the government suffers from “the equivalent of stage three cancer of socialism.”

In Indiana, the incumbent, Richard Lugar, had 87% of the vote when he won his sixth term in 2006, but he lost the seat he had held for almost four decades in a primary challenge earlier this year to Mourdock, the state treasurer and a Tea Party favourite.

Mourdock began the contest with momentum from his win over Lugar, but he slipped in the polls after he said he did not support a woman’s right to abortion in the case of rape. He was also damaged by Lugar’s refusal to involve himself in the campaign.

“I believe that life begins at conception,” Mourdock said, in a televised debate with Donnelly in October. “The only exception I have to have an abortion is in that case of the life of the mother. I just struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God – that I think even if life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”

His comments, attracted widespread criticism from both sides, including President Barack Obama and prominent Republicans. Mitt Romney distanced himself from Mourdock’s comments but did not withdraw his endorsement of him.

Mourdock stood by his comments, apologising only for people misinterpreting them. But the most recent polls this week and last showed his opponent gaining ground.

Donnelly, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, also holds conservative views on abortion. He supports legal abortion only in the case of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is in danger.

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 New Todd Akin Videos Reveal His  Dystopian Nightmare Vision of America

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Todd Akin is scared.
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After becoming a national scandal with his claims that “legitimate rape” cannot result in pregnancy, Rep. Todd Akin has been slowly regaining lost ground in the contest against incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill for a Missouri Senate seat. Akin’s strategy has been to characterize the remark as a mere misspeaking that is not indicative of his larger character, and the strategy must be working, because at least one poll has him up by one percentage point.

But the left-wing PAC American Bridge 21st Century pointed me toward some C-SPAN videos that make it very difficult to take the “legitimate rape” thing as an anomaly.

One revealing glimpse into the Akin worldview: May 24, 2005, Akin’s speech denouncing stem cell research on the House floor. It’s a marvel of right-wing paranoia in which he fantasizes about what will happen if stem cell research continues—if it reaches what he calls “step three”—based on a story about harvesting organs from real humans that his daughter wrote:

My own daughter wrote a little story—I will read it—about step three. “I live with 40 others in a compound, supervised by cool, efficient orderlies. Instead of playing, I stood pondering a troubling dream from the night before. It was of a loving father, giving his child a name. I’ve always been just 5-25-61-B.”

Looks like someone’s been reading Never Let Me Go.

Here’s a clip of the speech, in which he also drops this gem of a quote characterizing women as climate control and food distribution systems: “Now an embryo may seem like some scientific or laboratory term, but in fact the embryo contains the unique information that defines a person. All you add is food and climate control, and some time, and the embryo becomes you or me.”

Daily Kos did some minor reporting on Akin’s weird ideas about abortion providers, but watching the full speech Akin gave on Jan. 22, 2008, reveals that his statement, “And yet we have terrorists in our own culture called abortionists,” is just a minor part of an elaborate fantasy about who abortion providers are, what they do, and why they do it.

Who wants to be at the very bottom of the food chain of the medical profession? And what sort of places do these bottom-of-the-food-chain doctors work in? Places that are really a pit. You find that along with the culture of death go all kinds of other law-breaking: not following good sanitary procedure, giving abortions to women who are not actually pregnant, cheating on taxes, all these kinds of things, misuse of anesthetics so that people die or almost die. All of these things are common practice, and all of that information is available for America.

It is clearly lost on Akin that the image he’s invoking—of dirty clinics that operate illegally and misuse pain medication—is the reality he’s trying to create. He wants to ban abortion, which is a surefire way to get a whole bunch of  illegal, underground clinics that aren’t held accountable to standard medical practice. If you want clean, safe abortion, you need it to be legal.

 

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Akin won’t leave U.S. Senate race over rape remarks

Akin vowed to fight on in his embattled Senate campaign as the deadline to exit the Nov. 6 elections loomed Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, putting pressure on the Missouri congressman to abandon the race over his comments that women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape."(AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)
Akin vowed to fight on in his embattled Senate campaign as the deadline to exit the Nov. 6 elections loomed Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, putting pressure on the Missouri congressman to abandon the race over his comments that women’s bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of “legitimate rape.”(AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)
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JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri: The U.S. congressman under fire for making comments about “legitimate rape” and pregnancy said Wednesday that Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney’s running mate personally pleaded with him to leave a crucial Senate race, but the advice went nowhere. Rep. Todd Akin insisted he’s in the race to stay, saying “this is not about my ego.”

Romney himself has called on his fellow Republican to abandon his Senate bid in the Midwestern state of Missouri amid the party’s concerns that Akin’s comments have threatened the party’s bid to gain control of Congress in November.

Akin told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that Romney’s running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, called him to personally plea that he step aside, but Akin said “it’s not right for party bosses to override” Missouri voters, who knew they weren’t getting a “perfect’ candidate.

Akin has repeatedly apologized for his comments in a television interview earlier this week that women’s bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of “legitimate rape.” He had been asked in the KTVI interview whether his general opposition to abortion extends to women who have been raped.

“It seems to me, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” Akin said.

Despite the uproar that followed, Akin ignored a key deadline to drop out of the Senate race Tuesday and declared that his party’s leaders were overreacting by abandoning him.

He was once seen as a strong challenger to incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill in Missouri, a pivotal target for Republicans as they attempt win control of the Senate. Republicans already control the House of Representatives.

Akin’s bid now faces a lack of money from the national Republican Party, a lack of party support and no assurance that his apologies would be enough to heal a self-inflicted political wound. But he remained defiant.

He appealed Tuesday to Christian evangelicals, anti-abortion activists and anti-establishment Republicans, saying he remains the best messenger to highlight respect for life and liberty that he contends are crumbling under the big-government policies of President Barack Obama.

Some have rallied to his side. Akin’s campaign released an open letter Tuesday from Jack Willke, former president of the U.S. National Right to Life Committee, stating he was “outraged at how quickly Republican leaders have deserted” Akin.

Akin “remains a strong and courageous pro-life leader – and awkward wording in one sound bite doesn’t negate that,” Willke’s statement said.

If Akin were to leave, state law gives the Republican state committee two weeks to name a replacement. Akin can withdraw from the race as late as Sept. 25, but after Tuesday, he would need a court order to do so.