Poll: Voters split in Missouri Senate race
October 27th, 2012
07:55 PM ET
1 year ago

Poll: Voters split in Missouri Senate race

(CNN) - A new poll released Saturday indicates the contentious Senate race in Missouri between Sen. Claire McCaskill and Rep. Todd Akin is in a dead heat.

McCaskill, the Democratic incumbent, has the backing of 45% of likely voters in the state, compared to Akin's 43%, according to the Mason-Dixon poll commissioned by Missouri news outlets, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
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Filed under: 2012 • Claire McCaskill • Missouri • Senate • Todd Akin
October 22nd, 2012
11:03 AM ET
1 year ago

Akin compares McCaskill to a 'dog' playing 'fetch'

(CNN) – Missouri Republican and Senate hopeful Rep. Todd Akin compared his Democratic opponent, incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, to a dog who plays "fetch" for higher taxes and regulations from Washington and brings them back to Missouri.

"She goes to Washington, D.C. and it's a little bit like one of those dogs, you know 'fetch,' and she goes to Washington, D.C. and gets all of these taxes and red tape and bureaucracy and executive orders and agencies and she brings all of this stuff and dumps it on us in Missouri," Akin said Saturday at a fund-raiser in Springfield, Missouri.

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Filed under: 2012 • Claire McCaskill • Missouri • Todd Akin
Assault survivors speak out against Akin in McCaskill ads
October 10th, 2012
02:09 PM ET
2 years ago

Assault survivors speak out against Akin in McCaskill ads

(CNN) – Three victims of sexual assaults are featured in new political ads released Wednesday by Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, casting her opponent, Rep. Todd Akin, as a bad choice for women.

In August, Akin was widely lambasted by Democrats and Republicans alike after he suggested pregnancies only occur rarely in situations of "legitimate rape," saying the body has ways to "shut that whole thing down."
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Filed under: Claire McCaskill • Missouri • Senate • Todd Akin
McCaskill ad hits Akin over emergency contraception
October 7th, 2012
05:35 PM ET
2 years ago

McCaskill ad hits Akin over emergency contraception

(CNN) – Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill's campaign has released a new ad hitting Republican opponent Todd Akin for his conservative stance on contraception as a part of a statewide buy in Missouri.

The 30-second television spot, which began airing Saturday, depicts the six-term congressman as holding "extreme beliefs" and being out of touch with voters.
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Filed under: 2012 • Claire McCaskill • Missouri • Todd Akin
McCaskill: Akin so extreme, other conservative looks like a 'hippie'
September 28th, 2012
09:11 PM ET
2 years ago

McCaskill: Akin so extreme, other conservative looks like a 'hippie'

(CNN) – Sen. Claire McCaskill fired back Friday at Rep. Todd Akin over his recent characterization of her as less "ladylike" in the pair’s current senatorial election than she was in her last, dismissing her Republican foe as an outlier even in right-wing circles.

"I was speechless," the senator said in an interview with MSNBC, referring to Akin’s latest comments. "I mean, this is somebody who does make Michele Bachmann look like a hippie. He is that far on the fringe."
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Filed under: 2012 • Claire McCaskill • Michele Bachmann • Missouri
Akin consultant compares him to cult leader
September 28th, 2012
03:49 PM ET
2 years ago

Akin consultant compares him to cult leader

(CNN) - A consultant for Rep. Todd Akin likened the Senate candidate to David Koresh on Friday, saying Akin's ability to withstand GOP pressure to withdraw from the Missouri race was like the cult leader's resistance during the deadly 1993 standoff with federal authorities.

Consultant Kellyanne Conway said she has expressed her opinion to Akin "for a while now," adding Akin was successfully able to sustain the aftermath of his controversial rape comments last month.
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Filed under: 2012 • Claire McCaskill • Missouri • Senate
Akin: McCaskill more 'ladylike' in last election
September 27th, 2012
03:18 PM ET
2 years ago

Akin: McCaskill more 'ladylike' in last election

(CNN) – Embattled Rep. Todd Akin, who on Tuesday repeated his decision to remain in Missouri's battle for U.S. Senate, said in an interview published Thursday his opponent, Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, was more "ladylike" in her 2006 election than she is this time around.

According to the Kansas City Star, Akin claimed McCaskill's demeanor at last week's debate indicated she was nervous about remaining in office.
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Filed under: Claire McCaskill • Missouri • Senate
Santorum, DeMint endorse Akin
September 26th, 2012
10:48 AM ET
2 years ago

Santorum, DeMint endorse Akin

(CNN) – Sen. Jim DeMint and former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Wednesday morning endorsed Missouri Rep. Todd Akin, who is seeking to unseat Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and made headlines for his controversial comments on rape earlier this fall.

On Tuesday – the last day Akin could legally request his name be removed from the November ballot – the congressman set out on a bus tour of the state. His move defied calls from a number of Republicans and GOP groups - including his state's Republican party - to quit the race, concerned his continued candidacy would challenge their chances of winning control of the Senate.
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Filed under: 2012 • Claire McCaskill • Jim DeMint • Rick Santorum
McCaskill hits Akin on rape comments in ad
September 25th, 2012
09:32 PM ET
2 years ago

McCaskill hits Akin on rape comments in ad

(CNN) – Sen. Claire McCaskill is using her rival Todd Akin's comments on "legitimate rape" in a new television ad, part of a statewide buy in Missouri for the incumbent Democrat.

The ad frames Akin as out of touch with Missouri voters, also hitting the Republican congressman for his stance on social security, Medicare, the minimum wage and student loans.
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Filed under: Claire McCaskill • Missouri • Senate
Akin passes on last chance to drop out, Republicans write off Senate seat
September 25th, 2012
08:05 PM ET
2 years ago

Akin passes on last chance to drop out, Republicans write off Senate seat

Washington (CNN) - Instead giving in to fellow Republicans desperate for him to drop out of the Missouri Senate race, a defiant Todd Akin gathered conservative supporters and launched a campaign bus tour.

"I have one purpose going into November and that's replacing [Democratic Senator] Claire McCaskill," the congressman said to an applauding crowd in St. Louis on Tuesday, the last day state law permitted him to remove his name from the ballot.

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Filed under: Claire McCaskill • Missouri • Senate
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