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

(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."

Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.   (AP Photo/Sid Hastings, Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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