Todd Akin Closes In on Claire McCaskill
Missouri voters really don't like either candidate
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2012 9:47 AM CDT
Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.   (AP Photo/Sid Hastings, Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – Todd Akin has dramatically cut into Claire McCaskill's lead in the hotly watched race for her Missouri Senate seat, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In a new poll commissioned by the paper, McCaskill holds a slim 45% lead among likely voters, with Akin polling just behind at 43%. Akin's legitimate rape comment still reverberates, with McCaskill holding a 10-point advantage among women, but the race has evolved into something of an anti-popularity contest. “Akin is certainly not loved,” says the pollster.

Rather, McCaskill is widely disliked, holding high unfavorables and seen as an Obama ally in deeply red Missouri. "If they had a goat running against her, I’d vote for the goat,” grouses one reluctant Akin supporter. But this late in the game, 9% of voters are still undecided. "They have problems with both candidates," says the pollster. For one self-described Republican, it's a question of whether to even show up: "It's Akin or no one."

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MSCOTTASHLEY
Oct 30, 2012 10:54 AM CDT
Akin for president of the flat earth society.
Wrongdirection
Oct 29, 2012 9:47 PM CDT
so there is a rapist running against C. McCaskill, A little about McCaskill.. She has most of the votes of women voters right now. She has the votes of Most all the Veterans right now She has the votes of perminate party members and Seniors. Because those are the people that Clair has helped most in MO. Not to mention the help she's given toward education and healthcare both in the state and national levels. Most people refer to the National Health system as ObamaCare. The true is if you want to open your eyes and research it yourself you'll find this system is the work of Congress and signed by Pres Obama. Call it what you will but It's a National Health Care System for Americans! Their is nothing I've found wrong with McCaskill representing the people of Missouri. There is to many things after researching that would not let me vote for Akins! Don't listen to other peoples bullshit. If you can't find the truth for yourself maybe it's better you burn your voter I.D. I don't vote for someone because someone else choses to vote for that person, I vote my mind because I've made an informed decision from all the resources I've had at my desposal. I don't like any but I will vote for the ones that have proven themselves in what they've done for the people of this state! Enough Said!
milo7453
Oct 29, 2012 2:26 AM CDT
Does the very young Ann Romney resembles Emily Deschanel?