Top handicappers alter outlook on Senate battle in Missouri
August 22nd, 2012
09:07 AM ET
2 years ago

Top handicappers alter outlook on Senate battle in Missouri

(CNN) - Two of the top non-partisan political handicappers are altering their ratings of the U.S. Senate race in Missouri following a massive controversy surrounding the Republican challenger, Rep. Todd Akin.

The Cook Political Report Tuesday moved their ranking of the contest from "toss up" to "likely Democrat" and the Rothenberg Political Report from "toss-up/tilt Republican" to pure "toss up."

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The six term congressman kicked off a firestorm Sunday when he said in a TV interview that a woman's body is capable of preventing pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape."

Akin, who won a tough primary battle earlier this month, has apologized for his comments, but he's vowing to stay in the race, regardless of massive pressure from top Republicans to bow out of the contest.

The race in Missouri is crucial to GOP hopes of winning back the Senate, and national Republicans are targeting incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, who faces a difficult re-election to a second term. The Democrats currently have a 53-47 majority in the chamber, but are defending 23 (21 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party) of the 33 seats up for grabs in November.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Orwell sees it, again & again

    Todd Akin, You spoke your mind.
    You revealed the GOP platform to stop women from having a choice.
    You have the divine secret knowledge and are better than that flip-flip Robney.
    You are the real Christian.
    You should be POTUS, listen to the voices like Guv Perry from Texass.
    You are not not a hypocrite like them.
    But you are a sociopath just like them.

    August 22, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  2. WILLARD MILTON ROMNEY IS A COWARD & TAX EVADER

    Regardless of Akin's reprehensable remarks, Missouri is still a red state. I wouldn't be shocked if they still vote for him.

    August 22, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  3. Never Underestimate

    Never underestimate the stupidity of the GOP voters.

    August 22, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  4. Billy, NYC

    GOP truly has the best interest of the American people in theit hearts if you are rich enough to support them in their re-election campaigns like the Koch brothers. Others, please walk away; you are on your own. GOP just use the name "American People" to cover up their true intentions. Romney Hood is the way, the truth, the lives – Book of Romney.

    August 22, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  5. RealityBites

    Another Akin story over the economic issues that really matter. Rising fuel prices, medical cost and unemployment are hurting a lot of Americans out here and all CNN can focus on is Obama's re-election. No bias here..., eyes rolling.

    August 22, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  6. myviewis

    Neither the Cook Political Report or the Rothenberg Political Report are non-partisan, they are Democrat so obviously they would favor the Democratic Party. As for Rep. Todd Akin staying in the race proves that anybody in the U.S. can run for office regardless of their ideas, beliefs and it is up to the voters to decide. I have to admit that Rep. Akin's ideas are very much of those ideas, beliefs that I read about in Scientology and Abortion, so perhaps he is a Scientology follower and is not admitting to it.

    August 22, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    Angle, the witch from Delaware, McMahan, and now this guy......is the GOP TRYING to keep themselves from a Senate majority??

    August 22, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  8. bb

    What he said is just plain ignorant, get out creep, go see America 2016

    August 22, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    And yet, the GOP Platform will STILL continue to keep the same anti-abortion provisions which he and Paul Ryan (and a few other GOPers) co-sponsored, including no exceptions for rape. They both went as far as to originally demand that the term "rape" be legally defined as "forcible".

    Where is the outrage over Paul Ryan co-sponsoring each and every one of Mr. Akins bills now sitting in the United States House of Representatives, Mr. Mittens? Where is the outrage over Mr. Paul Ryan suggesting "rape" can at some point in GOPerville be considered NOT "forced"?

    August 22, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  10. gt

    ah one"s ego is all that matters.....

    August 22, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. drake mallard

    They're not pro-life. You know what they are? They're anti-woman. Simple as it gets, anti-woman. They don't like them. They don't like women. They believe a woman's primary role is to function as a brood mare for the state.

    both Romney and Ryan backed proposals to outlaw abortion ... even in cases of rape and incest

    American Taliban: The GOP risks becoming Sharia Party

    August 22, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |