September 30th, 2012
11:51 AM ET
6 years ago

Blunt tells CNN: Todd Akin 'very well may win' Missouri Senate race

(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.

Filed under: 2012 • Missouri • Roy Blunt • Senate • Todd Akin
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. jinx88

    "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." I feel the same way about the House.

    September 30, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri only clerafies that lemmings follow lemmings .

    When dose the arrogance and ignorance of the GOP stop.
    What happened to the republican party of Dwight D. Eisenhower ?

    September 30, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. 2020

    Sen. Roy Blunt, you should be gone too!

    To suport Akin, you mind as well support a serial killer. make absolutely no sense what you say or do.

    September 30, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    Simple Todd Akin “legitimate rape” comment is more powerful among republicans than Romney or Paul Ryan or RNC chair

    September 30, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. Reps show their class

    I knew that the republican party would put party before country or morals. One month ago Akin was called out as being the ignorant man he was and the masses wanted him out. Now, since having control of senate is more important than charactar, repubs are rushing to support him with a simple line like "I don't agree with everything he says." I call BS, just another reason why republicans can never to trusted to tell you the truth. Candidate like Mitt only tell the truth to their wealthy supporters behind closed doors when they think the masses can't hear.

    September 30, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. once upon a horse

    Sorry but I have to agree with him here..I grew up in Missouri and I KNOW the mentality of many voters there..not very open belt types and would vote a moron like this right into the Senate.

    September 30, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  7. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Roy, when Aiken loses, will you also resign in disgust at the constituents who decided they want someone with a bit more empathy for their plight?

    September 30, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. Tony

    Republicans are already working on the first of the Five Stages of Grief.

    September 30, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. works4me

    Remind me again why I'll never visit Missouri?

    September 30, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. B.

    That would be a very Sad commentary on Missouri and its voters!

    Like they say, you can’t outlaw stupidity...

    September 30, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. ST

    Typical republicans. They are eager to send a person like Todd Akin to Washington, and if work is not done, they turn onto the President that he hasn't fulfilled his promises. Working with extremists like Akin!!!!

    September 30, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. honestmidwest

    If he does win, it will be a major tribute to "absolute ignorance". Sad that some people can be so backwards.

    September 30, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. Norma Vessels

    Roy Blunt says that the majority of the Senate need to go ..... excuse me!? Don't you mean the Republican majority in the House? They are the ones that have blocked every Bill that would help us, the American people. They are the ones that throw out Bill after Bill that would do away with our Health Care, even before it completes in 2014. They are the ones that are stubborn and get absolutely nothing done! We need to throw out the Republicans in the House, and the Senate .. and put in some Democrats and Independents that will actually get us going forward. And we need President Obama for four more years!

    September 30, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. Norma Vessels

    Sorry, I meant to say the Republicans have put forth Bill after Bill to do away with our Health Care.

    September 30, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. WhereIsPalin

    Traumatized, and physically beaten nearly to death........but, hey, thank god she's not pregnant.

    September 30, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. Gurgyl

    GOP is gone to dogs...Obama12.

    September 30, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. Pander Bear

    Translation: He's toast, I know it, but have to spin this thing somehow.

    September 30, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. Obama

    Is Blunt up for re-election? He should be sent home with the rest of the Republicans....

    September 30, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. An Observer

    Sounds like all the republicans are flip floppers not just Romney and Lyin' Ryan!

    September 30, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  20. Jack

    Isn't this the clown that got together with Rubio and came up with that pathetic BLUNT AMENDMENT?

    September 30, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. luigim

    If he wins it will not say a lot for the mentality of those that reside in Missouri.

    September 30, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  22. luigim

    What on earth is Blunt doing?

    September 30, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. An Observer

    Once upon a horse – Who are you referring to: Aiken or Blunt? They sound like peas in a pod!

    September 30, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  24. Inkin

    Just the idea that Akin has a chance speaks volumes, pathetically, about Missourians who could accept him,
    as well as the rest of the GOP. What hypocrisy, what lies, .... it's as if every Republican has gone to a special school
    that trains them to say anything, truth be damned. Sadly, not every American is bright enough to see it.

    September 30, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. MaryM

    The Majority of the Women voters in Missouri will NOT vote for Akin.

    September 30, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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