September 30th, 2012
11:51 AM ET
9 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. BeverlyNC

    If Missouri women are paying attention at all to the 1950s views of women of Akin – they will be standing in line to vote for Claire. Akin and Paul Ryan co-authored the "rape definition" bill in Congress which basically blames the women for being raped to justify no abortions for any reason. They also co-authored the "personhood" bill giving women's eggs rights as people – even property rights! This would outlaw in vitro fertilization, stem cell research, make ALL CONTRACEPTION ILLEGAL, and take us one step closer to reversing a woman's right to choose abortion based on her individual and own personal reasons. Akin has also voted against have a pedophile list, voted against the national"Missing and Exploited Children" org, says Medicare and Social Security should be eliminated and is dangerous to the rights of workers for he does NOT believe in ANY minimum wage. Make sure you know who you are voting for. It is We the People who will pay the price for extremists in office. Get out and vote for Claire McCaskill- a true hard worker for what is best for ALL of us.

    September 30, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. batjones

    This article is an example of CNN missing the real story with an interview guest. Ms. Crowley had Senator Blunt on the State of the Union. She runs a clip of Mr. Romney stating that the income tax rate will go down but that loopholes and deductions will also be decreased. Therefore, the American people should expect to have a revenue neutral federal government under a Romney administration. The obvious question that comes to my mind is if the revenue is neutral, ten how will Mr. Romney pay down the debt. The country needs more revenue not a neutral revenue. The continued lowering of taxes over the past two decades has not produced more revenues for the country. We need to reduce the loopholes, reduce the deductions, increase regulations, increase enforcement,and yes raise taxes.

    September 30, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. Squigman

    He probably will. Speaks loud and clear about the people in this part of the country.

    September 30, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. Marry

    If a weasel like Akin can get elected, there is something really wrong with some voters! There are so many Republicans (and a few Dems too) in the House and the Senate that would not pass any kind of decency testing. But, I am sure, there must be fine people running also! Please, check out YOUR Senate races and get/keep people out of the Senate that do for sure not belong there! Please, do a little research – be responsible when you vote!

    September 30, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. Vote for Seamus, elect Kolob's next dog catcher

    Want to stop being a world class nation?
    Want to sink to the bottom of relevance?

    Keep voting for rigid, corrupt, ignorant morons to lead the govt.
    Our enemy's will thank us, while our friends dwindle.

    September 30, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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