Akin's New Logic: McCaskill Should Drop Out

Camp says McCaskill's 10-point lead shows weakness
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2012 1:56 AM CDT
Updated Aug 24, 2012 2:05 AM CDT

(Newser) – The "legitimate rape" controversy has turned conservative Todd Akin from frontrunner to a 10-percentage-point trailer—48% to 38%—in the Missouri Senate race, reports ABC News. But despite the pounding in the polls and losing the support of the Republican Party, Akin is not about to drop out. In fact, his campaign has a message for Democratic opponent Claire McCaskill: You drop out.

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"The fact that Claire McCaskill is only polling at 48% after 72 hours of constant negative attacks on Todd Akin shows just how weak she is,” said Akin's spokesman. "If she can’t break 50% after a week like this, Democrats should ask Claire to step down." (Read more Todd Akin stories.)

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