Like a gaseous, floating turd, Missouri's Todd Akin refuses to sink in the polls. The latest numbers, courtesy of Public Policy Polling, have incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill leading the legitimate rape theorist by just one point, 45-44%.
Missouri Republicans are especially ready to forgive and forget…
53% of voters say that they accept Akin's apology for his comments last week to 40% who do not. For most Missourians Akin's words weren't a permanent deal breaker. Although Democrats are not ready to forgive him, 77% of Republicans say they accept his apology to only 18% who do not…
Akin's favorability numbers are still poor with 33% of voters rating him favorably to 56% with a negative opinion. But that's up a net 11 points from our survey last Monday when it came down at 24/58.
There's a certainly disconnect between the state's electorate and national Republicans, who are concerned about Akin's impact on races in more moderate states and districts. Karl Rove, for one, would like to push Akin out of the race, and down a ravine…
On the final morning of the Republican National Convention, Karl Rove took the stage at the Tampa Club to provide an exclusive breakfast briefing to about 70 of the Republican party's highest-earning and most powerful donors…He also detailed plans for Senate and House races, and joked, "We should sink Todd Akin. If he's found mysteriously murdered, don't look for my whereabouts!"
It had better be an illegitimate murder attempt if there's any chance of it working.
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