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For the last time, Todd Akin is staying in

On the last day Missouri Rep. Todd Akin (R) could withdraw from the race against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D), he made clear in a press conference that he’s going to keep on keeping on.  Though the event was billed as a news conference, Akin did not take questions.  Read full article >>

Todd Akin relying on help from conservative rebels

Embattled Rep. Todd Akin (R) is walking down a lonely road in the Missouri Senate race, with much of his own party not supporting him. Facing that reality, he’s enlisting the help of a handful of conservative figures in the hopes of defying long odds in his campaign against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D). Read full article >>

Claire McCaskill calls Todd Akin’s views ‘extreme’ at first debate

With a deadline to remove his name from the Missouri ballot fast approaching, Rep. Todd Akin (R) squared off against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) at their first debate Friday morning. The Democrat cast the Republican as “extreme” while Akin sought to draw attention to the senator’s voting record. Read full article >>

‘Our loins are girded’

That’s how one Missouri Republican strategist describes the party’s reluctant acceptance of Todd Akin’s ongoing Senate campaign.  Read full article >>

Newt Gingrich to raise money for Todd Akin

Make sure to sign up to receive “Afternoon Fix” every day in your e-mail inbox by 5(ish) p.m.! EARLIER ON THE FIX: Romney’s ’47 percent’ comment and the importance of the echo chamber Senate Democratic candidates look strong in recent polling Read full article >>

Chicago teachers reach tentative deal with city to end strike

Make sure to sign up to receive “Afternoon Fix” every day in your e-mail inbox by 5(ish) p.m.! EARLIER ON THE FIX: Why we aren’t moving Ohio to ‘lean Obama’ What a Todd Akin win would say about politics Read full article >>

What a Todd Akin win would say about politics

If Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) continues his campaign against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) all the way to November, he’ll face very long odds. Yet he continues to run, driven by an apparent belief that victory isn’t completely beyond his reach. Read full article >>

Todd Akin returns to campaign trail

NIXA, Mo.— It’s not every day that I get kicked out of a campaign rally and threatened with arrest for trespassing.  I was attending a campaign rally for Rep. Todd Akin on Tuesday at the GOP headquarters for Christian County, in Nixa, Mo., just south of Springfield. Read full article >>

With Senate at stake, GOP waits on Akin’s next move, McCaskill goes on offense

MARYVILLE, Mo. — Three weeks after Republican Rep. Todd Akin upended the national political landscape by claiming that pregnancies rarely result from “legitimate rape,” the race for Senate in this increasingly conservative state — and in many ways the battle for control of Congress’s upper chamber — has settled into a waiting game. Read full article >>

What would prompt Todd Akin to end his Senate campaign?

Todd Akin is still a candidate for the United States Senate. If that statement is still true in 18 days time, then it will also be true on Election Day. Nearly three weeks after Akin remarked in an interview that “legitimate rape” rarely...Show More Summary

Phyllis Schlafly: I never told Akin to drop out

Eagle Forum President Phyllis Schlafly says she never urged Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) to end his bid against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D), contrary to a BuzzFeed report. Schlafly has been a vocal supporter of Akin ever since he mused about “legitimate rape,” even as most prominent Republicans abandoned the congressman. Show More Summary

McCaskill leads Akin in Missouri Senate race, new poll shows

A new poll shows that support for Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-Mo.) Senate candidacy has sharply declined since he remarked in an interviewbroadcastSunday that “legitimate rape” rarely causes pregnancy. Akin now trails Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) 50 percent to 41 percent in the St. Show More Summary

Todd Akin staying in (and will say so, again)

Embattled Missouri Rep. Todd Akin is holding a news conference at 5:15 p.m. But, despite enormous pressure from national figures, a Republican source says he will instead tell reporters that he plans to remain in the Senate race against Democrat Claire McCaskill. Read full article >>

The gender gap, and why it’s nothing new

Democrats think women are President Obama’s ticket to reelection — especially after a series of controversies over contraception and, most recently, GOP Rep. Todd Akin’s comments about “legitimate rape.” Read full article >>

Democrats hoping that Akin’s rape remark will reverberate outside Missouri

The voice of Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), claiming that women rarely get pregnant when they are the victims of “legitimate rape,” is now being featured in its first campaign advertisement of the election season. Read full article >>

U.S. Capitol Police investigating a reported threat against Rep. Todd Akin

The U.S. Capitol Police and the FBI are investigating a reported threat against Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), who has drawn much attention and criticism for comments he made this week about abortion and rape. Read full article >>

Shorthand

Todd Akin is in Tampa (but not for the convention). Mike Huckabee is on his side. Paul Ryan has a plan for getting rid of defense cuts. A reporter says Mitt Romney doesn’t want to talk about abortion. Read full article >>

Todd Akin’s remarks reveal clashes over language around rape

Rep. Todd Akin’s recent reference to “legitimate rape” was not the first time the language around rape has triggered a rapid and heated response. House Republicans, for example, caused a stir a year ago when they used the term “forcible rape.” Read full article >>

Akin camp: Ask Claire McCaskill to drop out

Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) is ten points down in the latest Rasmussen poll, but he’s feeling bullish.Campaign manager Perry Akin says in a statement: “The fact that Claire McCaskill is only polling at 48% after 72 hours of constant negative attacks on Todd Akin shows just how weak she is. Show More Summary

Todd Akin in Tampa with secretive conservative group

Politico reportsthat Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) was in Tampa Wednesday night to meet with”members of the Council for National Policy, a secretive coalition of powerful conservative and evangelical leaders.” Read full article >>

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