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
August 22nd, 2012
09:13 AM ET
2 years ago

Sources: Republicans prepare to 'grind it out' as Akin stays in

Washington (CNN) – Republicans are preparing to, in the words of one senior GOP source, “grind it out for a while” after embattled U.S. Rep. Todd Akin declared he was remaining in the race for U.S. Senate in Missouri despite calls from his party’s leadership to step aside.

Republican officials said Wednesday that they do not expect Akin to bow out of his race against Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill in the next few days and aren’t sure if he’ll ever drop his bid. They are, however, monitoring a few crucial dynamics in the race that will play out in the days ahead.
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Filed under: Abortion • Missouri • Senate
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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Filed under: Missouri • Senate
August 22nd, 2012
08:04 AM ET
2 years ago

Akin takes on 'party bosses,' insists he 'can win this race'

(CNN) - A pariah among what he calls "party bosses," Republican Rep. Todd Akin turned to the Internet on Wednesday to help pay for a U.S. Senate campaign that's lost funding since his controversial remark about rape and pregnancy.

Akin, no longer the expected beneficiary of millions of dollars from GOP and outside groups, asked supporters via Twitter to put in a few bucks.

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Filed under: Abortion • Missouri
August 21st, 2012
06:30 PM ET
2 years ago

Akin defies mounting calls to withdraw from Senate race

(CNN) - Republican Rep. Todd Akin allowed a state deadline to pass Tuesday, defiantly staying in the race to unseat Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill despite mounting calls for him to withdraw over incendiary remarks on rape and pregnancy.

Under Missouri law, Akin would now need to get a court order to pull out of the race as he waited beyond the 5 p.m. deadline. He would also be required to pay for any necessary reprinting of ballots.

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Filed under: Missouri • Senate
Top Dems, Obama campaign seek to tie Romney to GOP anti-abortion stance
August 21st, 2012
03:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Top Dems, Obama campaign seek to tie Romney to GOP anti-abortion stance

(CNN) - Top Democrats on Tuesday pounced on news that Republicans adopted as part of their party platform a call for a constitutional ban on abortion and sought to tie the controversial policy plank to Mitt Romney’s campaign.

In a conference call with reporters, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz asserted that the measure, which does not provide an exception for pregnancies that result from rape and incest, “was written at the direction of the Romney campaign.”

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Filed under: Abortion • Missouri • President Obama
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