Things are going from bad to worse for Todd Akin. The GOP Senate nominee in Missouri, who's been hounded by party leaders to drop out in the wake of his preposterous and controversial suggestion that victims of "legitimate rape" can't get pregnant, has fallen way behind his Democratic opponent. A new poll from Rasmussen — the first major survey since Akin's televised comments began receiving national scorn — shows Sen. Claire McCaskill leading her Republican challenger 48 percent to 38 percent. Sixty-three percent of survey respondents view Akin unfavorably, compared to just 35 percent who see him in a positive light. The numbers "are quite simply disastrous" for the GOP, since McCaskill is seen as one of the most vulnerable Democratic senators up for re-election in November, and just a week or so ago, Akin led by double-digits in other polls. "This is powerful ammunition in the hands of those still working on finding a way to convince Akin to get out of the race."
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