New poll: Akin leads McCaskill as campaign gets nastier
The Kansas City Star
The new poll out Monday showing that Todd Akin is leading Claire McCaskill in their U.S. Senate race comes at a pivotal time.
And it better be a renewed wake-up call to all the Missouri Democrats and McCaskill supporters who might think she’s going to walk to victory over Akin because of his asinine comments on abortion.
In other words, Akin isn’t losing support despite weeks of negative attack ads on him by McCaskill and her forces.
The Akin camp thinks it’s getting a bounce from the revelations last week that McCaskill’s husband benefited from his investments in federally subsidized housing.
The poll development Monday came as the McCaskill-Akin race continues to receive national attention, given Akin’s reprehensible comments about “legitimate rape” in August and the potential for the Missouri race to tip the U.S. Senate into GOP control.
However, the news is far from all bad for McCaskill, who clearly is the better candidate for Missouri’s future in this race.
McCaskill has a lead of several points in other polls, and her average lead in the latest Real Clear Politics post tops 2 percent.
Plus, McCaskill likely will benefit from her ads, which show a few pro-life women talking about the need for women to fight back against Akin’s views on contraception.