Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) reminds Republicans why they were hoping he would drop out of the U.S. Senate race against incumbent Claire McCaskill (D).

“I think we have a very clear path to victory, and, apparently, Claire McCaskill thinks we do, too, because she was very aggressive at the debate, which was quite different than it was when she ran against Jim Talent,” Akin told the Kansas City Star on Thursday. “She had a confidence and was much more ladylike [in 2006], but in the debate on Friday she came out swinging, and I think that’s because she feels threatened.”

Akin's campaign declined to comment on the candidate's characterization of his opponent. In that debate last week, McCaskill called Akin "extreme" and "far out on the fringe." 

Republicans spent weeks pressuring Akin to end his Senate bid after his comments on abortion and "legitimate rape." But Akin persevered past the Sept. 25 deadline for exiting the campaign, and the establishment organizations that pledged to boycott the Missouri race have started to come around