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Akin Inching Up in Missouri Senate Race

Rep. Todd Akin is still trailing Sen. Claire McCaskill in the Missouri race for her seat but the race is tightening, according to the latest Rasmussen poll.

The latest survey has McCaskill, a Democrat, with a 49 percent to 43 percent lead over Akin. On Aug. 22, just after he made controversial remarks about rape, McCaskill’s lead was 48 percent to 38 percent. Before his rape remarks, Akin was the favorite in the race. He held a 47 percent to 44 percent lead over McCaskill in late July before going on to win Missouri’s GOP primary.

Akin, whose remarks about rape and abortion caused several party leaders to say he should step down, said he was “very encouraged” and that his campaign against McCaskill is going “incredibly well.”

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Akin has a five-point lead among male voters but trails among female voters by 15 points.

A dropout deadline is two weeks away but Akin insists he’s “totally in” the race and said he’s getting encouragement to stay in the race, Politico reported. He has until Sept. 25 to get a court-ordered petition to end his candidacy.

“I’m not getting out,” Akin said. “I’m making that very clear. … I’ve tried to say it about five times.”

Republican officials told Politico that Akin has said his decision to run is being guided by faith and belief in God.
“It’s all theological for him,” a Republican House member who knows Akin well told Politico.

But Sen. John Cornyn of Texas had a different take on Akin and the race.

“We’re done,” Cornyn, chairman of the powerful National Republican Senatorial Committee, told Politico when asked whether the committee help Akin if he stays in the race.

“As far as I’m concerned, that’s up to the people of Missouri,” he said. “I’ve done everything I know how to do.”

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