Yesterday was the final day that Todd Akin could take himself off the Missouri Senate ballot. But I think the national Republicans who desperately wanted this to happen gave up on the idea long ago. Clearly Akin marches to his own beat, and wouldn’t be swayed even by the cutoff of funds. Some conservative movement members have slowly been inching their way back into the race, with Newt Gingrich campaigning with Akin this week, and Jim DeMint’s PAC likely to send him some money.
So it was no surprise that Akin, in his final news conference before the deadline, announced that he was in it to win it.
“I was given a trust” in the August Republican primary that put him on the ballot, Akin told about 200 enthusiastic supporters in a ballroom at the downtown Renaissance. “. . . A number of people have asked me, ‘Are you quitting?’ . . . I don’t believe that is really my decision.”
He added, to heavy cheering from the crowd: “I have a purpose going into November and that’s to replace Claire McCaskill.”
So Republicans are saddled with an extreme candidate in Missouri who only has a passing knowledge of female anatomy. That said, it’s entirely possible that he’s a decent fit for the state, and winning is not out of the question. So Claire McCaskill’s campaign, which had been muted in their responses to Akin until the deadline for withdrawing from the ballot passed, fired off both barrels as soon as the deadline hit. The result is the ad above.