In the immediate aftermath of Todd Akin’s now famous statement that women can’t get pregnant when raped “legitimately,” Mitt Romney called for Akin to drop out of his Senate race. Paul Ryan did as well, but this is a little disingenuous since he worked with Akin to oppose abortion in all cases, even those of rape and incest, and dismissed rape as just another “method of conception.”
Anyway, even with the GOP’s top brass asking him to drop out of the race Akin refused, and instead immediately began fundraising.
Well, it looks like Romney et al have underestimated Missourians—and it looks like Akin knows his constituency.
While polls showed support for Akin nosediving immediately after his “legitimate rape” comment last week, new polls this week show him right back with a slight lead over Democratic opponent Claire McCaskill (the official non-rape candidate of Missouri’s Senate race).
A poll from the conservative PAC and legislative affiliate Family Research Council shows Akin up 45% to 42%. That one might seem biased, but another poll from Public Policy Polling supports it with a showing of 45% to 44% for Akin.
“There’s clearly a disconnect on Akin’s candidacy between GOP leaders in Washington, D.C. and actual GOP voters back in Missouri,” writes PPP.
Yep—Missouri GOP: official state party of rape. Good times.