Poll: More bad news for McCaskill
The Kansas City Star
Now a new poll shows Democrat Claire McCaskill trailing Republican Todd Akin in their U.S. Senate race.
Here’s why that should be a concern for the incumbent, McCaskill.
The poll - commissioned by the conservative group Citizens United - shows Akin’s lead has actually grown from 3 percentage points in late August to 5 percentage points this week. Both polls were done by Wenzel Strategies.
Akin’s margin is 47.5 percent to 42.6 percent for McCaskill.
Thus, Akin is getting stronger, as measured by the same poll group.
Granted, as McCaskill boosters accurately note, the senator has always said this is likely to be a close race all the way to November.
But look at this fact, too: This is the second straight day that Akin has received some positive news from a poll.
On Wednesday, I noted that a Rasmussen Reports survey showed McCaskill led Akin by 6 percentage points. And that was down from a healthier 10-point margin of late August.
Of course, the latest polls are opposites of each other, so no one knows exactly what’s going to happen on Election Day.
But for McCaskill’s supporters, both polls indicate that Akin is gaining strength, despite his abysmal stance on abortion.
That has to be a concern, especially if - as expected - some GOP backers flood money into the race in October to help Akin defeat McCaskill in an effort to put the Senate in Republican hands.