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.