Todd Akin releases ad featuring rape victim

November 1, 2012

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED: 

* Mitt Romney will campaign in Pennsylvania on Sunday, the clearest indication yet the Republican nominee believes he can win the Keystone State. Meanwhile, Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) will make his second trip to the state in recent weeks on Saturday. 

* Obama and Romney are running about even in the battleground state of Colorado, a new CNN/ORC International poll showed. Obama is at 50 percent while Romney is at 48 percent in the poll of those likeliest to vote in the state. 

* Rep Todd Akin (R-Mo.) released a new ad featuring a woman who says she was raped and had an abortion. "The reason I’m voting for Todd, and that I’m so proud of him, is because he defends the unborn, he’s a kind man," says the woman. Sen. Claire McCaskill's (D) latest TV ad includes footage of Romney calling for Akin to exit Senate race earlier in the campaign. 

* Obama released a new ad slamming Romney's spots that suggested auto jobs are being sent to China. The Obama ad will air in Michigan and Ohio. Meanwhile, Romney released a new positive Iowa ad touting the Des Moines Register's decision to endorse him

* Don't count reindeer farmer Kerry Bentivolio's (R) brother among those who are supporting him in Michigan's 11th district race. Phillip Bentivolio said he's "never met anyone in my life who is conniving and dishonest as this guy. He's my brother so it's hard to talk about this, but I believe that if he gets elected, he'll eventually serve time in prison." The Bentivolio brothers have each accused each other of being mentally unbalanced. Bentivolio is favored but far from a lock in the open race against physician Syed Taj (D).  

WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS: 

* Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) has cast an absentee ballot and doesn't plan to hold an election night event on Tuesday. Jackson underwent treatment for bipolar disorder earlier this year and also faces a federal probe of his campaign finances.

* Rep. Jon Runyan's (R-N.J.) Democratic opponent has pulled a radio ad that compared the congressman to Hurricane Sandy. “In New Jersey, we’ve seen acts of nature do real damage. We’re also seeing our own member of Congress do lasting damage in Washington," says the narrator of the ad released by Democrat Shelley Adler's campaign. 

* Washington 1st District Republican nominee John Koster faced criticism from Democrat Suzan DelBene's campaign for comments he made about abortion exceptions for rape that were caught on tape. "But the rape thing ... you know, I know a woman who was raped and kept her child, gave it up for adoption, she doesn't regret it," Koster said in audio posted online. Koster released a statement in response to the audio recording saying: "Rape is a vicious and horribly violent crime, and no one in Washington State has been tougher on criminals and sex offenders than I have been, period."

* California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro will not run for another term. Under his watch, registration numbers have continued trending downward and the party has faced financial woes.  Vice Chairman Steve Baric is expected to run to replace Del Beccaro. 

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