Ignorant voters could decide Akin-McCaskill race
The Kansas City Star
The Star’s poll shows that 8 percent of voters claim they are undecided in the Todd Akin-Claire McCaskill U.S. Senate race in Missouri.
Really? You mean 8 percent of people can’t make up their minds between supporting two candidates who couldn’t be more different?
This makes them look ignorant - “lacking knowledge or comprehension of the thing specified” as Merriam-Webster defines it - regarding the U.S. Senate race.
This is disturbing evidence that some people really aren’t following this key contest - which might come down to deciding which party controls the Senate.
It’s especially disturbing given all of the media attention this race has generated, largely tied to Akin’s ignorant “legitimate rape” comments back in August.
Finally, you have to wonder: What’s going to happen in the final days to make these “undecided” voters actually pay attention to what’s going on and select one candidate or another?
The Star’s poll, in fact, showed that McCaskill was ahead of Akin by only 45-43 percent, well within the margin of error.
Missouri papers, of course, have had plenty on what Akin said about rape, his apology for his remarks, and McCaskill’s attacks on the congressman.
On Sunday, The New York Times ran four columns on its Op-ed page. All four mentioned Akin, three negatively and a fourth neutrally, if not positively.
In the campaign’s last days, McCaskill is using an ad to up her bet that women will help her fend off Akin.
And here’s one of Akin’s continued attacks on McCaskill, especially tied to her husband and the contentions that his companies have benefited from her votes in the U.S. Senate. Unlike McCaskill’s ad, which uses real people and Akin’s actual remarks, his ad is staged to make it appear that McCaskill’s husband is engaged in unseemly business.