Survey shows: McCaskill's in trouble
The Kansas City Star
It’s early, it’s from one poll and the result might be expected after a bitter GOP primary caught the public’s attention. But it’s still not great news for U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill:
The Democratic incumbent badly trails her Republican opponent, Todd Akin, in the new Survey USA report (courtesy of NewsChannel 5 in St. Louis).
The 51-40 margin is pretty impressive statewide.
Heck, that’s pretty close to the 51-37 margin of potential victory that Democrat incumbent Jay Nixon holds over the GOP’s Dave Spence.
And Nixon has been considered a virtual shoo-in to win his second term for months.
However, McCaskill and her supporters won’t despair because of the early poll results. Nor should they.
A Missouri Scout poll from last week had Akin with only a 48-47 percent lead.
Plus, most people statewide don’t know Todd Akin and his ultra-conservative views on issues.
So McCaskill and her allies already have started efforts to spread the word.
Plus there’s this: While Missouri has been put safely in the Mitt Romney camp by many pollsters and so-called experts, the Survey USA result showed a narrow 45-44 lead for Romney over President Barack Obama.
Plus, lots of Republican voters will cross the ballot and vote for Nixon, the survey showed.
So McCaskill somehow has to get her base to turn out big time, appeal to the independents as much as she can, and even win a few of the Republicans scared about Akin’s political tendencies.
Voila: Victory in November.
But it won’t be easy.