What happens if Akin drops Senate bid?
August 20th, 2012
04:59 PM ET
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What happens if Akin drops Senate bid?

(CNN) - While Republican Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri has pledged to continue his bid for a U.S. Senate seat, the uproar over the congressman's comments continues to snowball, with many top Republicans calling for him to reconsider his decision.

The Republican recently won his party's nomination to battle incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in November's general election. He pulled out a victory in Missouri's primary earlier this month, defeating businessman John Brunner and former state treasurer Sarah Steelman in a three-way race.

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Akin has faced a surge of criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike since he claimed in an interview Sunday that "legitimate rape" rarely resulted in pregnancy. He apologized for his comment Monday but said he plans to stay in the running for U.S. Senate.

If, however, he does decide to drop out, he has a short timeline to do so without wading into much paperwork. According to Missouri election law, a nominee for a statewide office can withdraw with little difficulty if they do so no later than the 11th Tuesday before the general election. This year, that particular Tuesday falls this week, on Aug. 21.

However, if the nominee wants to drop out after that date, he or she could do so if there is no additional cost for printing or reprinting ballots. The nominee may also opt to pay for those printing costs.

If that step is taken, the nominee can withdraw through a court order, but that step must be taken before the sixth Tuesday (Sept. 25) prior to the general election.

After the candidate's name is off the ballot, it's up to the state party to choose a replacement candidate. When picking a nominee, the party must meet the following requirements:

1) a majority of the members of the nominating committee must be present

2) members must be present in person to vote (with a few exceptions)

3) a majority vote of the members present is needed to nominate a candidate

4) The state party committee may not delegate its authority to any other person or group.

- CNN Political Research Director Robert Yoon contributed to this report.

–Watch "Piers Morgan Tonight" at 9pm ET for a live interview with Todd Akin

Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Missouri • Senate
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Nilkinggary

    Maybe their souls needed cleansing. I wonder if it worked?

    August 20, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  2. Dennis1020

    Answer to the headline question–the average IQ of the Congress goes up ten points, to an average IQ of about 80?

    August 20, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  3. No Thanks

    Mr Akin's ridiculous comb-over should be reason enough to disqualify him for public office.

    August 20, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  4. Maggie

    This is getting ridiculous. First we have "legitimate rape" as spoken by a Republican and now we have naked Republicans.This is 2 for 2 what's it gonna be next. Good grief!

    August 20, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  5. alien

    Vote straight Democrat

    August 20, 2012 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  6. ufadoof

    The fact that the "Family Research Council" jumped to this idiots defense tells you all you need to know about the party of christian values. They want to live in the fantasy world of the old testament.

    August 20, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  7. B Kupp

    OMG . . are the politically correct idiots going bonkers, or what. JC would be the FIRST to welcome all people to enjoy the water and cool off on a hot evening. Why would anyone feel that this act was sacrilegious.

    August 20, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  8. buttersnott

    oh my, the lord is gunna peed off

    August 20, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Please, don't resign, stay in the race! Thanks from this democrat!

    August 20, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  10. PD Gupta

    Sea of Galilee was stolen by Israel from Syria by a war in 1967 with covert help from the US. Israel must return the stolen land to Syria because International community never approved this forceful land grab by Israel under the pretext of the so called security reason. Israel needed the land for its fresh water because the body of fresh water is one of its kind in the entire region. US lawmakers have a legal duty to advise Israel in this International matter because the land grab was not accepted by the UN where US plays a major role for peace and justice for the whole world. US Congress men and women can take a plunge in Sea of Galilee even after its return to Syria.

    August 20, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  11. James Johnson

    We wonder why Congress is "locked up" and cannot do anything.... When we have garbage like Rep. Kevin Yoder taking a skinny deep in the Sea of Galilee and Rep.Todd Aikin acting like a rapist after the act............. These two men belong in a toilet bowl where they can be flushed down the toilet.

    August 20, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  12. Your Eminence

    This story is a real embarassment. Who cares about nocturnal Republican amusements? So some legislators like to have a drink at a restaurant, enjoy a nighttime swim or skinnydip in a birthday suit. Others experience religious euphoria in the Holy Land. Whatever floats your boats. What I want to know is what diurnal legislative actions have these characters taken to solve the nation's problems. Instead of delivering news, the press and media prattle.

    August 20, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  13. Thor4

    I do not know about anyone else but I am becoming personally sick from listening to all the lies and stupidity being spouted out by Romney and Ryan. Can these people never tell the truth about anything ?????

    August 20, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  14. barronthedem

    Anyone who believes the Republican hierarchy is distancing themselves from Akin because of a differnce in ideology is totally delusional. This is soley because the know the will have no chance of defeating Sen. McCaskill and, quite possibly, have lost truly close states like Missouri and North Carolina...a 2-4% shift turns those states blue on November 6. Thanks Rep. Akin

    August 20, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  15. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Ooooh, make him stay in the race! Senator McCaskell can run against his own statements! So much for Mitch McConnel becoming the Senate Majorty Leader.

    August 20, 2012 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  16. kenn moss

    Disgusting comment; he tries to say he "misspoke", but I think his statement is what he really believes...He is among those who think rape victims "were asking for it", I assume. As a person with only one X chromosome, he has no right to give opinions to women on what is moral and right...the damned hypocrite...

    August 20, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  17. teach

    Another right wing lunatic but they are christians and will be forgiven. Bull ,they need to be removed, what example are we setting for children in this country. Ye,s congress should all be gone, problem the next batch will be worse. It is time for 2 tests one a morals test which half or of congress would fail. The second isa polygraph should be given once a week and the scores should be published. So many failed and you are gone. I am tired of them stretching the truth or flat out lie to get elected. We have long left a functional democracy behind and now are only in myself. Screw the country. When members congress gets $42 million dollars from health care who is running the country the poor average joe has no chance.

    August 20, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  18. bcrunner

    @Four and The Door: What do you mean what was he thinking? What are they alll thinking? Even Congressman Ryan has co-sponsored a bill with him and they are trying to redefine the word "rape".. The whole Republican party needs to rethink their positions... Ever since the tea party group game to being, they are outright acting like nuts... They have become so extreme, I don't recognize them anymore... I voted for Clinton both times, I voted for Bush the first time (not the second) and then voted for Obama. I am not voting for another Republican until they change and come back to the middle a little more...

    August 20, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  19. Arthur Bezerra

    Just remember that we come to the world naked and clothes is just a social convention, not, per si, a sin. What did this man do? Nothing. When I was a teen I usually bath nude alone in Brazilian beachs, and just under the view of God!

    August 20, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  20. Necrofun

    This bath salt epidemic is getting out of control.

    August 20, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  21. Nna Drake

    Have you no decorum? Our country was founded on integrity, respect, honesty, none of which you displayed in your antics. You've done irreprebale harm to our glorious country and its values.

    August 20, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
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