Todd Akin’s Senate Campaign May Be Picking Up Steam

ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) – Rep. Todd Akin’s “insurgent” campaign against both Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and the leaders of his own party may not be the long shot it’s been portrayed, despite the national furor over Akin’s comments on The Jaco Report that women who are victims of “legitimate rape” have natural defenses against becoming pregnant.
 
A pair of polls taken after the incident and the following uproar either show Akin with a lead over McCaskill, or indicate the race is tied. The latest survey from Public Policy Polling, taken August 29, shows McCaskill leading Akin 45% to 44%, well within the poll’s margin of error. Another poll released the same day by the staunchly anti-abortion Family Research Council shows Akin ahead 45% to 42%.
 
In addition, Akin has picked up there de-facto endorsement of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who told NBC’s Meet the Press that Akin was nominated by a plurality of voters in the Missouri GOP primary, and that since Akin has apologized, it’s time “….to move on.”  Republican party leaders, however, are still demanding that Akin leave the race over his comments. Those calling for Akin to quit include the party’s presidential and vice-presidential nominees, Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan.