Republicans Finally Riding to Todd Akin’s Rescue

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Let us turn our attention to the Missouri Senate race being waged by Todd “legitimate rape” Akin. How am I doing with my prediction that once Akin was firmly in the race for good, Republicans would abandon their principled stand against him and start sending money his way? Well, the rehabilitation project started a month ago, and now it’s in full swing:

Rep. Todd Akin and the Missouri Republican Party are launching a nearly $700,000 TV ad blitz in the closing days of his challenge to Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, but the source of the funds for the effort is unclear….The National Republican Senatorial Committee declined repeatedly to comment on whether it is the source of the funds being used by the Missouri GOP on Akin’s behalf. Previously, the committee has insisted it would stay out of the race. However, only national committees — the NRSC or the Republican National Committee — or individual campaign committees that raise money in compliance with federal limits are permitted to shift funds to a state party for a coordinated ad buy.

So….yeah, it’s probably the NRSC, even though they promised never to give Akin a dime. I don’t really blame them for this, though. It’s just garden-variety politics. The next question, though, is: will it be enough? The latest polls still have Claire McCaskill up by a few points, and she’s outspent Akin heavily. So maybe not. I guess it all depends on just what $700,000 buys you in Missouri.

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