A political analyst and former Republican leader thinks Missouri
Congressman Todd Akin (R) can win the Senate race in that state,
despite all the fallout over his highly publicized gaff.
A recent Real Clear Politics projection predicts that
the Republicans will have a net gain of four Senate seats, creating
a 51-49 advantage for Republicans in the next congressional
session. RCP's compilation of polls also indicates that Sen.
Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) will hold on to her seat. Republican
challenger Todd Akin was been expected to win before the
misstep in which he used the term "legitimate rape." He has
fervently apologized about that remark.
served on Ronald Reagan's White House staff and later became
chairman of the Republican Party of Texas. He points out that Akin
has had a solid record as both a social and economic conservative,
so he is disappointed that members of Akin's own party continue to
throw him under the bus (see earlier story).
"If you run away from somebody the way a bunch of the
Republicans did, it makes it tougher for him to win," he remarks.
"I think they should have thought this thing through and dealt with
it privately, rather than go public and blast him. It really feeds
into the Democrat Party propaganda against him."
Meanwhile, Pauken says Akin's GOP critics do not seem to
care about McCaskill's record.
"His opponent is very left-wing, pro-abortion," he notes. "She's
a hundred percent behind the Obama agenda. So, I think he still has
a chance to pull that race out."
In fact, a recent poll of likely Missouri voters commissioned by
the Family Research Council shows Akin regaining his lead over
McCaskill by a 45-percent to 42-percent margin, with 13 percent