Akin, returning to Capitol, says he's 'totally in' Missouri race
September 10th, 2012
09:09 PM ET
2 years ago

Akin, returning to Capitol, says he's 'totally in' Missouri race

Washington (CNN) – U.S. Rep. Todd Akin returned to Capitol Hill Monday for the first time since his comments about "legitimate rape" caused widespread condemnation from fellow Republicans, some of whom called on Akin to drop his bid for Missouri's U.S. Senate seat.

Trailed by reporters asking him about his plans for the Senate race as he walked out of the House chamber Monday, Akin said "I'm in, totally in."
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Filed under: Congress • Missouri • Senate
Huckabee rallies Missouri pastors to Akin's side, attacks GOP establishment
August 24th, 2012
09:04 PM ET
2 years ago

Huckabee rallies Missouri pastors to Akin's side, attacks GOP establishment

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – Mike Huckabee participated in a conference call Friday night with hundreds of Baptist pastors and Christian talk radio hosts in Missouri that was organized to coordinate a robust defense of Rep. Todd Akin as he faces pressure from Washington Republicans to drop his Senate bid against Democrat Claire McCaskill.

Akin told reporters in St. Louis today that he would not quit the race.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mike Huckabee • Missouri
Akin vows to remain a candidate for the U.S. Senate
August 24th, 2012
03:55 PM ET
2 years ago

Akin vows to remain a candidate for the U.S. Senate

(CNN) - Rep. Todd Akin announced Friday he will continue his run in Missouri for the U.S. Senate, despite having ignited a political firestorm with a comment that pregnancy resulting from "legitimate rape" was "really rare."

"We are going to be here through the November election, and we are going to be here to win," he told reporters in Chesterfield.

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Filed under: Missouri • Senate
Todd Akin gets online fundraising boost
August 24th, 2012
02:12 PM ET
2 years ago

Todd Akin gets online fundraising boost

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Boosted by a fund-raising appeal from Mike Huckabee, embattled Senate candidate Todd Akin has raised $206,000 online since his "legitimate rape" comment inflamed the political universe last Sunday.

Akin's web consultant Wesley Donehue told CNN that the donations came from 3,300 unique contributors online, and did not include checks that are "pouring in" to the campaign.
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Filed under: 2012 • Missouri • Republican Party
Capitol Police, FBI investigating threat against Akin
August 23rd, 2012
06:36 PM ET
2 years ago

Capitol Police, FBI investigating threat against Akin

Washington (CNN) –U.S. Capitol Police and the FBI are investigating a reported threat against Rep. Todd Akin, a police spokeswoman said Thursday.

There is "an active, open investigation, Lt. Kimberly Schneider said, without revealing further details, citing a policy against discussing the security of members of Congress.
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Filed under: 2012 • Missouri
August 23rd, 2012
04:39 PM ET
2 years ago

Akin assessing candidacy with conservatives in Florida

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Facing pressure from Republican heavyweights in Washington to abandon his Missouri Senate bid, Rep. Todd Akin is huddling with top conservative activists in Tampa to assess whether to move forward with his embattled candidacy.

Akin spent Wednesday night and Thursday in a series of private meetings at the two-day summit of the Council For National Policy (CNP), a secretive group of conservative leaders who are meeting in Florida before next week’s Republican National Convention.
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Filed under: Claire McCaskill • Missouri • Senate
Conservative Christians rally around Akin in face of GOP criticism
August 23rd, 2012
02:07 PM ET
2 years ago

Conservative Christians rally around Akin in face of GOP criticism

(CNN) – Even as the official Republican Party continues to try to derail Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin over his remarks about “legitimate rape,” a powerful force within the GOP has begun rallying to the candidate’s side: the party’s socially conservative base.

Powerful Christian activists in the GOP have begun pushing back against party leadership, alleging it has gone too far in trying to thwart Akin and it is attempting to sideline issues that social conservatives care about, such as abortion.

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Filed under: Abortion • Missouri • Religion
Akin hits fund-raising goal, spotted in Tampa
August 23rd, 2012
11:47 AM ET
2 years ago

Akin hits fund-raising goal, spotted in Tampa

(CNN) – Rep. Todd Akin, embroiled in scandal after a controversial remark he made about rape, announced Thursday he hit a fund-raising goal of $100,000 in the last two days.

"Over the past 48 hours, I have apologized, been attacked by the party bosses, yet through it all, voters have rallied behind me," Akin said in a statement released by his campaign.
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Filed under: 2012 • Claire McCaskill • Missouri • Senate
McCaskill the comedian: Missouri race 'boring'
August 22nd, 2012
08:52 PM ET
2 years ago

McCaskill the comedian: Missouri race 'boring'

St. Charles, Missouri (CNN) – While Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri has largely stayed on message regarding her opponent Republican Rep. Todd Akin and his status in their upcoming Senate race, she used the whole controversy to lighten the mood a bit before a stump speech.

Responding to a man who asked how her day was going as she waited for a microphone to be set up, McCaskill said, "You know, everything's pretty boring these days."
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Filed under: 2012 • Claire McCaskill • Missouri • Senate
Akin imbroglio is bad news for Republicans
August 22nd, 2012
03:18 PM ET
2 years ago

Akin imbroglio is bad news for Republicans

Washington (CNN) - If there is any silver lining for Republicans from the Todd Akin imbroglio, no one seems to have found it yet.

Election forecasters have downgraded the Missouri congressman's chances of winning the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Claire McCaskill because of his incendiary comments on rape and pregnancy.

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Filed under: 2012 • Missouri • Republican Party • Senate Race
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