Akin's in it to win it now (God willing)
The Kansas City Star
Surprise (not): Todd Akin is staying in the U.S. Senate race versus Claire McCaskill.
During short remarks Tuesday afternoon, Akin said he was in the race to beat the Democratic incumbent because “it was the right thing to do.”
He and others invoked the name of God and talked about doing the right thing. McCaskill, of course, must hope God is not going to take sides in this election.
Otherwise, the press conference wasn’t exciting. It didn’t break new ground.
Essentially, Akin got a little more free publicity on the day he has to make a decision about whether he’s pulling out of the Senate race so the GOP can put someone new into the contest.
But Akin isn’t going anywhere but onward in this campaign, as he and his backers made clear in their remarks.
So he will continue his uphill battle.
And while McCaskill’s supporters now expect her campaign to unleash negative ads - like this one on Tuesday - about Akin’s extremist views, don’t lose sight of this fact:
While polls show McCaskill generally leading the race, she’s just not that popular with a large majority of Missouri voters.
And any misstep in the next month or so - or some kind of weird Akin rally in the polls thanks to an infusion of GOP cash - could make the election a lot closer in November than many people think.