The Fix: Missouri

New Claire McCaskill ad shows clip of Todd Akin’s ‘legitimate rape’ remark

New Claire McCaskill ad shows clip of Todd Akin’s ‘legitimate rape’ remark

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) is going after Rep. Todd Akin (R) in a new TV ad that includes footage of Akin’s controversial August interview, in which he argued that “legitimate rape” rarely causes pregnancy.

The new McCaskill ad includes a clip from that interview showing Akin saying: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

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8 Senate candidates whose third quarter reports matter

All eyes in the political world are fixed on tonight’s debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney. But elsewhere, House and Senate candidates are feverishly tallying their fundraising numbers.

The third quarter — the last full quarter before the November election — came to a close at midnight Monday, which means we’ll soon know who raised how much for the stretch run of the 2012 campaign.

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The devastatingly bad candidacy of Todd Akin — and how it could cost Republicans the Senate

The devastatingly bad candidacy of Todd Akin — and how it could cost Republicans the Senate

Missouri Rep. Todd Akin’s latest assertion that Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) had acted more “ladylike” in her 2006 Senate campaign than in their 2012 race affirmed a very simple fact: Akin is just not a very good candidate.



But to simply say that Akin is bad in some ways sells him short — or long — when it comes to the broader impact that his candidacy is having on his party’s hopes of re-taking the Senate majority in November.

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National Republicans reopen door to spending money on Akin

National Republicans reopen door to spending money on Akin

The National Republican Senatorial Committee issued a statement Wednesday clarifying its support for Rep. Todd Akin in the Missouri Senate race and suggesting it might spend money to help elect him, after saying a month ago that it would not do so.

“There is no question that for Missourians who believe we need to stop the reckless Washington spending, rein-in the role of government in people’s lives, and finally focus on growing jobs in this country, that Todd Akin is a far more preferable candidate than liberal Sen. Claire McCaskill,” NRSC executive director Rob Jesmer said. “As with every Republican Senate candidate, we hope Todd Akin wins in November, and we will continue to monitor this race closely in the days ahead.”

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Jim DeMint endorses Todd Akin, setting up unlikely alliance

Jim DeMint endorses Todd Akin, setting up unlikely alliance

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) endorsed Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin on Wednesday, giving Akin his first potential big-money endorsement and setting up an unlikely coalition.

DeMint’s endorsement was announced alongside that of former presidential candidate Rick Santorum by Santorum’s Patriot Voices PAC.

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GOP gives up on trying to push Akin out

GOP gives up on trying to push Akin out

In about 28 hours, the Republican Party will be, for all intents and purposes, stuck with Todd Akin.

The Missouri Senate candidate has shown no signs of bowing to pressure from the national party to get out of the race after his controversial comment about “legitimate rape” turned the race on its head.

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The Fix’s Senate race ratings map is here!

The Fix’s Senate race ratings map is here!

With just more than two months left in the 2012 election and the two parties’ conventions ramping up, all eyes are on the presidential race.

But there’s also a very important and very contentious race for the majority of the Senate in full swing — the latest development being Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-Mo.) implosion in MIssouri.

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Todd Akin had the ‘Worst Week in Washington’

Todd Akin had the ‘Worst Week in Washington’

After one of the shortest “Worst Week in Washington” deliberations in modern history, Rep. Todd Akin has been crowned with the hebdomadal(dis)honor.

Cillizza writes:

It took just two words forTodd Akin, the Republican nominee for Senate in Missouri, to wreck his political future.

The two words legitimate rape were uttered during a local TV interview last weekend as part of a longer (and kooky) argument by Akin that many women who have been raped dont become pregnant. If its a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try and shut that whole thing down, he said. (In case you had any doubts, Akin is a member of Congress, not a doctor.)

A national firestorm ensued, with nearly every prominent Republican in the country up to and including presidential candidateMitt Romney calling on Akin to step asideso he wouldnt cost the party a very winnable race against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D).

Akin has become the political equivalent of those Japanese soldiers who continued to fight World War II after their side conceded. Hes a political dead man walking, and everyone seems to know it. Everyone, that is, but Akin.

Todd Akin, for not grasping that legitimate rape totally delegitimized your candidacy, you had the worst week in Washington. Congrats, or something.

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An Akin exit could cost GOP significant $$$

An Akin exit could cost GOP significant $$$

Updated at 5:15 p.m. with new timetable for ballot printing.

National Republicans said Tuesday that they won’t spend a dime to help elect Rep. Todd Akin to the U.S. Senate. But if they can persuade him to drop out, they might have to pony up some significant cash.

The deadline passed Tuesday for Akin to easily and instantly drop out of the Senate race in Missouri.Republicans still have more than a month during which they can prevail upon him to step down, but he would have to seek a court order.

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The Missouri GOP’s Todd Akin alternatives

The Missouri GOP’s Todd Akin alternatives

Rep. Todd Akin is clinging for dear life to his Senate candidacy, despite resounding calls for him to drop out in the aftermath of his comments about “legitimate rape.”

And The Fix’s Sean Sullivan wrote this morning that his dropping out could actually make the whole situation worth it for the GOP, because the party could replace him with a more viable candidate in what is a very important Senate race.

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Republicans pull money from Missouri

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (R-Texas) has informed Rep. Todd Akin that the national GOP will not spend money to help elect him to the Senate in the aftermath of Akin’s controversial comments about “legitimate rape,” according to an NRSC aide.

Cornyn also told Akin that, by staying in the race, he is endangering Republicans’ hopes of retaking the majority in the Senate, the aide said.

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Akin: ‘I’ve not yet begun to fight’

Akin: ‘I’ve not yet begun to fight’

Updated at 1:40 p.m.

Rep. Todd Akin said Monday that he will not give in to calls for him to end his Missouri Senate campaign after his controversial comments about “legitimate rape.”

“Im not a quitter. My belief is were going to move this thing forward,” he said during an appearance Monday afternoon on Mike Huckabee’s radio show.To quote my friend John Paul Jones, Ive not yet begun to fight.

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Todd Akin’s real sin

Todd Akin’s real sin

Rep. Todd Akin is in deep trouble, but it might not be for the part of his comment that everyone is focusing on.

The Missouri GOP Senate candidate’s problem is not so much that he made an odd claim about rape rarely causing pregnancy — though that, by itself, is very bad. An equal if not greater problem is the two words he used to make the claim: “legitimate rape.”

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Todd Akin, GOP Senate candidate: ‘Legitimate rape’ rarely causes pregnancy

Todd Akin, GOP Senate candidate: ‘Legitimate rape’ rarely causes pregnancy

Last updated at 9:02 p.m. with the Romney campaign’s response.

Rep. Todd Akin, the newly-christened GOP Senate nominee in Missouri, said in an interview airing Sunday that “legitimate rape” rarely causes pregnancy.

Explaining his no-exceptions policy on abortions, Akin was asked why he opposes abortion even when the pregnancy is the result of rape.

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Senate surprises stoke majority ambitions on both sides

Senate surprises stoke majority ambitions on both sides

Senate Democrats’ and Republicans’ campaign arms would be wise to heed the words of Oscar Wilde, the 19th century Irish dramatist: “To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.”

With nearly all of the major Senate primaries wrapped up, a series of unexpected events has swung momentum to and fro in the battle for the Senate, with the end result being a landscape offering a path to the majority for both parties.

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Rep. Todd Akin wins primary to face McCaskill in Missouri

Rep. Todd Akin won the Republican nomination to face Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) on Tuesday, emerging from a tight three-way race to face the most vulnerable senator in the country.

Results Tuesday night showed Akin leading the pack at 36 percent with 74 percent of precincts in. Businessman John Brunner followed at 30 percent, and former state treasurer Sarah Steelman was at 29 percent. The AP has called the race for Akin.

Akin will now face McCaskill, who Republicans see as ripe for defeat in an increasingly conservative state, and whose seat they are counting on to help them win the majority.

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The worst ad of the 2012 campaign (so far)?

Rep. Todd Akin’s Missouri Senate campaign is up with one of the head-scratchingest ads of the 2012 — or any other — election.

Akin, who is running in Show Me State’s GOP Senate primary next week, tries to play up his Christian conservatism in the new ad. But whatever message he was going for gets completely lost in conservative buzzwords and run-on sentences.

Have a look for yourself:

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GOP Senate primaries see businessmen making real strides

Senate Republicans’ slate of candidates this November could have a significant business flavor.

Self-funded businessmen are surging in three key GOP primaries right now in Arizona, Missouri and Wisconsin, and all three appear to have a good shot next month of beating better-known Republicans who have held high-level elected offices.


St. Louis area manufacturing executive John Brunner meets with supporters after announcing his candidacy for U.S. Senate, Oct. 3, 2011, in St. Charles, Mo. Brunner is one of a few Republican businessmen who could win their party’s Senate nomination this fall. (Jeff Roberson — Associated Press)

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Familiar trio of states could decide the Senate again

Missouri, Montana and Virginia were the three states that gave Democrats the Senate in 2006 — the three seats that were genuinely in doubt on Election Day and went Democratic.

Now, six years later, those same three states could be the ones that determine whether they can hold that majority.

Or maybe not.
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) speaks to constituents during his first campaign in 2006. That year, Tester’s race was one of three that handed the majority to Democrats. This year, a Tester loss could hand the majority back to Republicans. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

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Rep. Russ Carnahan files for primary against Rep. Lacy Clay in Missouri

Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.) filed Tuesday to challenge Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) in a primary.

Carnahan’s 3rd district was decimated by redistricting last year, leaving him to choose between running against Clay in his St. Louis-based 1st district, in the open but Republican-leaning 2nd district, or for another office.

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Winners and losers from Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri

A supposedly less-important Election Day on Tuesday got pretty interesting by the time it was all said and done.

We’ve combed through all the results so we can lay it all out for you — as usual — in the form of winners and losers.

WINNERS

* Rick Santorum: This is a guy who was left for dead just a few days ago. Not only did he not get a bump from his performance in Iowa in early January; he actually fared pretty poorly even after the Iowa GOP declared him a winner two weeks later.

After Tuesday, he’s got a lot to hang his hat on, winning all three contests, and beating the polls by a large margin. It’s up to him now to prove his appeal isn’t just a Midwest thing or a one-time deal, and that he can raise enough money to be the true anti-Mitt Romney candidate.

He also has yet to prove that he can beat a fully engaged Romney machine. But Tuesday was a great start.

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Missouri primary results: Rick Santorum wins

Missouri primary results: Rick Santorum wins

Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum won Missouri’s “beauty contest” primary, the AP has declared.

Santorum led Mitt Romney 54 percent to 25 percent with 54 percent of precincts reporting — a resounding victory.

 “Tonight’s victory should put to bed the idea that the Republican nomination for Mitt Romney is inevitable,” said Stuart Roy, an adviser to the pro-Santorum super PAC Red White & Blue Fund. 

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Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri: What to watch for

For the first time since Iowa, we are entering a primary/caucus night without having a pretty good idea who will win.

And some people are arguing that today’s contests don’t matter?

Hogwash.

So as you prepare to watch the results tonight from the Colorado and Minnesota caucuses and the Missouri primary (we’ll be live-blogging!), here are a few things to watch for…

1. How many states does Santorum win?

Everything else you see below will be based on this one piece of news.

Polling shows Rick Santorum is the favorite to win in both Minnesota and Missouri, while Mitt Romney is favored in Colorado.

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Kinder to seek reelection rather than run for Missouri governor

Updated at 3:38 p.m.

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R) will announce Friday afternoon that he will not run for governor in 2012, but will instead seek re-election to his current post, according to sources familiar with his plans.

The announcement is set for 4 p.m. Eastern time. At that time, Kinder will throw his support in the governor’s race to businessman Dave Spence.

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GOP struggles to land top-tier talent in top-targeted Missouri

GOP struggles to land top-tier talent in top-targeted Missouri

By all accounts, Missouri should be fertile territory for the Republican Party to win both a Senate seat and the governor’s mansion in 2012. After all, it was basically the only swing state President Obama lost in 2008, and his approval rating there is just plain awful at the moment.

The problem for Republicans has been finding someone — anyone — who is up to the task.

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