Why Akin won't quit: New poll shows he's even with McCaskill
The Kansas City Star
Todd Akin just tweeted the good news for him late Thursday morning:
“Even Democrat-favoring @PPPPolls has us neck & neck w/ Claire!”
And, yep, Akin is right: Against all odds, he is holding his own with the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate race from Missouri - even while all the Republican honchos keep calling on him to quit the race because “he can’t win.”
Here’s the Public Policy Polling survey.
McCaskill is ahead by a slim 45-44 margin.
The PPP survey last week had it reversed, 44-43 for Akin.
And the money quote from the poll: “Ultimately this race will be decided by conservative voters who have to decide if they’re so unhappy with Akin that they want to let Democrats keep control of the Senate. My guess is those folks will ultimately hold their noses and support their party’s candidate.”
If that holds true, Akin has a decent shot at winning, much as many Missourians don’t want to hear that.
Naturally, McCaskill and others are just waiting for Akin to say something else crazy about abortion or any other topic.
But even as they wait, it becomes evident that many Missouri voters are willing to support Akin because of his views on these topics.
And here’s something else McCaskill’s backers won’t like.
As I have pointed out before, she just isn’t popular with a ton of Missouri voters.
From the poll: “Only 40 percent of voters approve of the job she’s doing to 55 percnet who disapprove.”
That will make it tough - but certainly far from impossible - for McCaskill to get re-elected.