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Missouri Senate Race

Missouri Senate Race
Sen. Claire McCaskill began the year as one of the nation's most vulnerable Democrats. Then Republicans nominated Todd Akin...

Missouri Senate race: First reactions to Democrat Claire McCaskill's victory

McCaskill was one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the country — until her GOP opponent started talking about "legitimate rape"

Missouri Senate Race
Todd Akin, accompanied by Newt Gingrich, speaks at a campaign event in Lee's Summit, Mo., on Oct. 30.

Are national Republicans backing Todd Akin now?

The Senate candidate who infamously expounded on "legitimate rape" is throwing money around, suggesting that previously outraged GOPers are lining his pockets

Missouri Senate Race
Republican challenger Todd Akin really bolstered Sen. Claire McCaskill's re-election bid with his "legitimate rape" comment this summer.

Missouri Senate: The race at a glance

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) was one of 2012's most-endangered incumbents — until her opponent opened his mouth

Missouri Senate Race
In a speech made to the House in 2008, Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) wondered how the U.S. ever supported something "so un-American" as abortion.

Flashback: Todd Akin says in '08 that doctors give abortions to women who aren't pregnant

A video surfaces in which Missouri's GOP challenger to Sen. Claire McCaskill says that abortion doctors break all kinds of laws with their "culture of death"

Missouri Senate Race
Todd Akin during a Sept. 21 debate in the Missouri Senate race: Akin has come under fire for saying that his opponent, Claire McCaskill (D), was not "ladylike" during the debate.

Todd Akin says Claire McCaskill isn't 'ladylike': Another damaging gaffe?

A month after inviting scorn by suggesting that women don't get pregnant from "legitimate rape," Missouri's Republican Senate candidate is in hot water again

Missouri Senate Race
Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) addresses the media in Kirkwood, Mo., on Sept. 24 as Newt Gingrich looks on. The former House speaker is one of many GOP leaders to back Akin in his Senate race.

Why are Republicans re-embracing Todd Akin?

Nearly the entire GOP spurned the Senate candidate after his controversial "legitimate rape" comment. Now, he's regaining support. What's changed?

Missouri Senate Race
Rep. Todd Akin's favorability numbers have plunged after his "legitimate rape" comment, but his opponent for Senate still hasn't managed to break 50 percent.

Will Todd Akin drop out, after all?

Four days after his "legitimate rape" super-gaffe, the GOP Senate candidate's poll numbers are tanking. Will he reconsider his decision to stay in the race?

Missouri Senate Race
Paul Brandus

Paul Brandus: How Hannity, Rove, and Romney became the liberal elite

In Todd Akin's world, the top GOP leaders kicking him toward the exits are actually left-wing powerbrokers trying to sabotage the conservative cause

Missouri Senate Race
Some social conservatives are standing by Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), arguing that his position on abortion is actually an integral part of the GOP platform.

Defending Todd Akin: 5 reasons right-wingers still support him

Not everyone in the GOP is running from the embattled Senate candidate. Why are social conservatives sticking with the "legitimate rape" political pariah?

Missouri Senate Race
Rep. Todd Akin helps serve Chick-Fil-A supporters at a Missouri location Aug. 1: The Congressman is bashing on with his campaign despite mounting pleas that he drop out.

5 reasons Todd Akin might actually still win in Missouri

Nearly the entire Republican Party is urging Akin to bow out of his Senate race — but it's hardly a sure thing that Akin would lose to his Democratic opponent

Missouri Senate Race
Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) announces his candidacy for U.S. Senate in May 2011: Akin didn't heed calls to drop out of the race because he probably doesn't feel beholden to his party — which didn't really support him in the first place.

Why Todd Akin didn't drop out: 6 theories

The Missouri congressman faced enormous pressure to bow out of his race against Sen. Claire McCaskill by Tuesday's deadline, but he's still in it to win it

Missouri Senate Race
Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey: Gaffe survival 101

Todd Akin's outrageous claim has the GOP calling for his head. But Biden gets away with egregious miscues all the time. An examination of how the VP does it

Missouri Senate Race
Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), surrounded by his family, announces his candidacy for Senate in May 2011: Now, the embattled Akin has until 5 p.m. on Aug. 21 to drop out of the race without a court battle.

4 reasons the GOP desperately wants Todd Akin to drop out

The embattled Missouri Senate hopeful is vowing to hang on — even as his party gives him several fierce kicks toward the door

Missouri Senate Race
Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) talks with reporters while attending the Missouri State Fair on Aug. 16, just days before putting his campaign in jeopardy with absurd claims about rape.

'Legitimate rape': Should Todd Akin bow out of his Senate race?

The Missouri Republican's preposterous claims about rape and abortion could hurt the GOP's chances at winning the Senate — and the presidency

Missouri Senate Race
Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) announces his candidacy for Senate, in Creve Coeur, Mo., in May 2011: Akin landed himself in hot water after making comments about rapes that result in pregnancy and whether abortion is justifiable in those cases.

Todd Akin's 'legitimate rape' claim: Will it cost Republicans the Senate?

The Missouri Republican makes a dubious statement about abortion, handing an unexpected lifeline to his Democratic opponent, embattled Sen. Claire McCaskill

Missouri Senate Race
Sen. Claire McCaskill's (D-Mo.) appeal to moderates may have just improved: Her GOP challenger will be social conservative Rep. Todd Akin, whom some compare to doomed 2010 candidate Christine O'Donnell.

Todd Akin's nomination: Did Republicans just throw away a Senate seat in Missouri?

Democrats are thrilled that Rep. Todd Akin, a rabid conservative who might turn off moderates, will be the one facing the vulnerable Sen. Claire McCaskill

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