What happens if Akin drops Senate bid?
August 20th, 2012
04:59 PM ET
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What happens if Akin drops Senate bid?

(CNN) – While Republican Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri has pledged to continue his bid for a U.S. Senate seat, the uproar over the congressman's comments continues to snowball, with many top Republicans calling for him to reconsider his decision.

The Republican recently won his party's nomination to battle incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in November's general election. He pulled out a victory in Missouri's primary earlier this month, defeating businessman John Brunner and former state treasurer Sarah Steelman in a three-way race.

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Akin has faced a surge of criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike since he claimed in an interview Sunday that "legitimate rape" rarely resulted in pregnancy. He apologized for his comment Monday but said he plans to stay in the running for U.S. Senate.

If, however, he does decide to drop out, he has a short timeline to do so without wading into much paperwork. According to Missouri election law, a nominee for a statewide office can withdraw with little difficulty if they do so no later than the 11th Tuesday before the general election. This year, that particular Tuesday falls this week, on Aug. 21.

However, if the nominee wants to drop out after that date, he or she could do so if there is no additional cost for printing or reprinting ballots. The nominee may also opt to pay for those printing costs.

If that step is taken, the nominee can withdraw through a court order, but that step must be taken before the sixth Tuesday (Sept. 25) prior to the general election.

After the candidate's name is off the ballot, it's up to the state party to choose a replacement candidate. When picking a nominee, the party must meet the following requirements:

1) a majority of the members of the nominating committee must be present

2) members must be present in person to vote (with a few exceptions)

3) a majority vote of the members present is needed to nominate a candidate

4) The state party committee may not delegate its authority to any other person or group.

– CNN Political Research Director Robert Yoon contributed to this report.

–Watch "Piers Morgan Tonight" at 9pm ET for a live interview with Todd Akin


Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Missouri • Senate
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. once upon a horse

    don't worry because I doubt seriously if he will. Believe or not there are more people in the GOP that agree with his statement just not willing to come out and say it..at least not now and not in earshot of the media.

    August 20, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. nothing new here

    As much as I dislike Big Government – and I do – I truly dislike people like Akin.
    What an arrogant, hateful, and uninformed thing to say. Would this guy be so willing to treat a male victim of violence in the same spiteful manner? Would it be the man's fault if he got assaulted (and yes, Mr. Akin, that does happen).
    Would a child be "asking for it" if said child was molested?
    The partisan politics need to go. This country is going to hell in a handbasket.

    August 20, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. gord

    republican party needs to be smashed into athousand pieces there nuts -whats next burka,s

    August 20, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "This country is going to hell in a handbasket."

    Mission Accomplished. Haven't you noticed? It's the politics of spite. If the GOP/Teatrolls can't have the country ("take it back," i.e., gain permanent rulership), then nobody can.

    August 20, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  5. Kentucky Windage

    ..
    If AKIN DROPS FROM THE RACE, the Augusta golf-course will open to women, KARL ROVE will call for ANOTHER ATTACK ON IRAQ, the CURIOSITY CRAFT will signal PRESIDENT BARAK OBAMA's RE-ELECTION, and DUBYA will get a job offer that utilizes HIS MBA !
    .

    August 20, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  6. Reggie19

    Why should he resign? Did Biden resign last or even apologized for his racial remark last week. At least he has apologized for his choice of words but I think Obama and Biden feel that they are above apologizing to the American people for Biden's remark. Or maybe because its against African American it does not really matter so no apology is needed.

    August 20, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  7. Oregon

    Joe Biden deserves for what he said, because it's true. Predatory lending is putting a big percentage of Americans in the functional equivalent of chains. And it's the GOP who wants to prevent regulation of these practices.

    August 20, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. Jules

    And to Reggie 19 who can't see the difference between the remarks of of Joe Biden and of Aiken – can somebody get him into a progressive school somewhere where they teach critical thinking?

    August 20, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. Larry L

    We are watching the implosion of the Republican Party. Ever wonder what would happen when the Evangelical right-wing completely ruled a political party? Now you know...

    August 20, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  10. THE truth

    I'm glad the lib media establishment is having fun with this now, because no one else cares...#realunemploymentstillat12percent.

    August 20, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. Four and The Door

    I have seen politicians correctly resign for saying things that weren't as completely stupid as this. Yeah, he could go and that would be good. By the way. What was he thinking?

    August 20, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. once upon a horse

    @ Reggie19......

    sorry but African-Americans were NOT insulted by Biden remarks..only right wing Republican ones like say Allen West claim to be and that was "fake rage" at best. I'm part AA and I was not insulted by them at all, not like I am by Akin's remarks and I am not even a female. In fact I was MORE insulted by Santorum's "BLAH peoples" remark because I KNOW what he meant.

    August 20, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  13. TAK

    What happens is this clown drops out? It's simple, the GOP automatically becomes a better party.

    August 20, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  14. Victoria

    He will drop out by tomorrow. It's already in the works.

    August 20, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  15. Bootstomper

    Your modern day republican party with howdy doody and Elmer fudd running for president and vice president of the good old USA!

    August 20, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "I have seen politicians correctly resign for saying things that weren't as completely stupid as this. Yeah, he could go and that would be good. By the way. What was he thinking?"

    It would be very easy to say "he wasn't thinking," but that's not honest. He WAS thinking and what he was thinking was that he can rile his base with some good ole fashioned denial of science and statistics and by trying to sell the same kind of circular logic trap that led religious extremists to believe that you test someone for being a witch by tying them up and throwing them in the pond...and if they drown to death, then they're innocent of being a witch. See, this line of "God's Little Shield" and "the woman's body has magic defenses when it's actually being raped" malarky has been a round for a long time and the belief is fairly pervasive in heavily Catholic, evangelical southern areas like St. Louis. When it comes to the abortion debate, they love it, because it lets them say "well, if she did get pregnant, then it mustn't have actually been rape, so she should have to keep the baby." Circular logic and blaming (i.e., doublevictimizing the victim) are two long-standing keystones of rigid fligious fundamentalist thought.

    August 20, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  17. enuff

    At least he just said "I'm sorry" instead of "I'm sorry to those who MAY have been offended." I guess he's finding out who his real friends are and that he can't trust politicians.

    August 20, 2012 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain: Under the Ryan Plan, Romney Pays 0.87% in taxes

    Regardless of what Akin does, I just hope Claire McCaskill wins re-election.

    Regarding what Akin said, I think President Obama summed it up best (and, in my opinion, describes the entire GOP):

    It's offensive and doesn't make any sense.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    August 20, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  19. Name keshalaws

    Biden's remarks had nothing to do with AAs, he was speaking of financial trappings of banking industry, point blank! The GOP took his statement and twisted, as they do. There were other races in the audience. What Akin said is by no means comparable!

    August 20, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  20. T'sah From Virginia

    ►once upon a horse
    @ Reggie19......

    sorry but African-Americans were NOT insulted by Biden remarks..only right wing Republican ones like say Allen West claim to be and that was "fake rage" at best. I'm part AA and I was not insulted by them at all, not like I am by Akin's remarks and I am not even a female. In fact I was MORE insulted by Santorum's "BLAH peoples" remark because I KNOW what he meant.◄

    Can I get an AMEN!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!

    August 20, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  21. Halls for Obama

    Reggie19
    " Did Biden resign last or even apologized for his racial remark last week. At least he has apologized for his choice of words but I think Obama and Biden feel that they are above apologizing to the American people for Biden's remark. maybe because its against African American it does not really matter so no apology is needed."

    There were no reason for Biden to apologize to the Black American or the White American in that room. We all know what Biden meant when he said "Changs" You need to know we know when people mean harm to us.

    August 20, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  22. Max

    It's GOP Gone Wild!!!

    August 20, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  23. Marie MD

    If akin drops out maybe altar boy can move to Missouri and run in his place. He has voted with akin on everything anti woman and he believes that even after a rape (legitimate or illegitimate it seems) women should be "allowed" to have an abortion.

    August 20, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  24. joe mahon

    We should all thank God that our elected representatives do not walk of water!

    August 20, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  25. Time for a Real Change

    Harry Reid should step down. He has made unsubstantiated allegations that every major news organization, to include the liberal CNN, has declared completely untrue.

    Joe Biden should step down. He insulted every African American by his chain remarks.

    Obama should step down. For supporting both Reid and Biden.

    August 20, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
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