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.

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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." (Read more Election 2012 stories.)

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