(CNN) - Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, said Sunday that Todd Akin "very well may win" the Senate race in Missouri. He said voters are more concerned with the Senate's performance than with the Missouri congressman's embattled candidacy.
"Frankly, I think that anybody else would have been a candidate that clearly would have won, and Todd very well may win," Blunt said on CNN's "State of the Union."
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"He is on a ticket at a time when people are looking at a Senate that's not doing its work, and the only way to change the Senate is to change the majority."
Democrats currently control the Senate, 53-47 - down from 59-41 before the 2010 midterms - but they're defending 23 (21 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party) of the 33 seats up for grabs in November.
Last month, Akin faced several calls from top Republican leaders and groups to drop out of the Senate race against Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill after he caused an uproar by saying women were biologically capable of blocking pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape."
Akin refused to end his campaign and reiterated that decision Tuesday, the final deadline to drop out of the race.
Blunt had initially called on Akin to drop out of the race, but on Tuesday issued a statement of support for Akin, saying, "Congressman Akin and I don't agree on everything, but he and I agree the Senate majority must change. From Governor Romney to the county courthouse, I'll be working for the Republican ticket in Missouri, and that includes Todd Akin."
Blunt said Sunday he thinks the odds are 50-50 for a Republican takeover of the Senate.