Election 2012

Election 2012
4:51 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

In Akin's wake, Ryan defends anti-abortion record

Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan speaks at a campaign event in Fayetteville, N.C., on Thursday.
Sara D. Davis AP

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 7:27 pm

Since Republican Rep. Todd Akin first said the words "legitimate rape" Sunday, just about everyone in the Republican Party has condemned those comments.

The Missouri Senate candidate later apologized, but his remarks continue to drive the political debate. They've also raised questions about the anti-abortion record of the Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

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Developing: Beyond November
4:40 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Akin: 'We're going to be here to win' US Senate race

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-St. Louis).
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Will be updated.

In his first local press conference since his now well-known remarks about 'legitimate' rape, US Senate candidate Todd Akin has reiterated that he's staying in the race.

"We're going to be here through the November election, and we're going to be here to win," Akin said.

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It's All Politics
5:55 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Cut Off From Party's Purse Strings, Rep. Akin Plans Next Move

Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., says Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the GOP vice presidential candidate, asked him to end his Senate bid after recent comments he made referring to "legitimate rape."
Jeff Roberson AP

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 6:59 pm

Republican Rep. Todd Akin's decision to stay in the U.S. Senate race in Missouri is likely to leave him with support from the state's evangelical community, but not much more, says a political scientist at the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

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Todd Akin
4:07 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

The day after Todd Akin didn't leave the race for US Senate

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-St. Louis).
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Updtated at 5:52 p.m. with comments from Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill

Congressman Todd Akin didn't drop out of the race for US Senate yesterday before the legal deadline, despite significant local and national pressure otherwise. He would now need a court order to leave the race.

Here's how the day after the deadline has looked so far:

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Election 2012
2:24 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Deadline passes, Akin stays in race for US Senate

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-St. Louis).

Will be updated.

Updated 10:46 p.m. Palin suggests a third party candidate

Sarah Palin, who backed Sarah Steelman during the heated GOP Senate primary, is suggesting a third party candidate to run against Akin.

Speaking to Fox News Palin said: "Bless his heart, I don't want to pile on Todd Akin." 

But, she then said that it's time for Akin to step aside.

"Missouri is a must-win state," Palin said.  "The way we do that is to have someone like Sarah Steelman be able to run, even if it's as a third-party candidate, to be able to run and take this back."

Updated 5:00 p.m. with deadline passing, Akin remaining in the race

Updated 4:36 p.m. with additional reporting. A full list of earlier updates can be found at the end of the post. Original story posted Aug. 21 12.33 p.m.

Despite tremendous pressure on him to act otherwise, Todd Akin will stay in the race against Claire McCaskill for US Senate. 

The deadline for Akin to remove himself from the race was 5 p.m. CT today. He will need a court order by Sept. 25 if he wants to drop out beyond this point.

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The Two-Way
9:01 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Update: Akin Vows Again To Stay In Missouri Senate Race

Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., talking with reporters at the Missouri State Fair last week.
Orlin Wagner AP

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 5:47 am

  • NPR's Brian Naylor on 'Morning Edition'
  • Tim Lloyd of St. Louis Public Radio, on 'Morning Edition'

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Politics
9:37 pm
Sun August 19, 2012

Akin faces criticism for comments on 'legitimate' rape

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-St. Louis.

Missouri’s GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin is facing a wave of criticism for comments he made during an interview about pregnancies caused by rape.

Akin is a six-term congressman and a Tea Party favorite challenging incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill.

Speaking during an interview on Fox2’s Jaco Report Akin was asked if he would support abortion in cases when a woman was raped.

Akin replied that pregnancies caused by rape are rare and that women have some kind of biological defense to prevent pregnancy in these situations.

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Akin/school lunches
6:02 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Akin: Feds should not be funding school lunches

Second District U.S. Congressman Todd Akin.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Every year, politicians descend on the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia to attend the Governor’s Ham Breakfast and woo voters, and almost every year someone says something controversial.

This year was no exception.

Second District U.S. Congressman Todd Akin, the GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate, was talking with reporters about his opposition to spending hikes for food stamps and other programs in the federal Farm Bill when he was asked what he thought about school lunch programs.

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Chris Koster
10:56 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Mo. AG Koster paid personal property taxes late

Mo. Attorney General Chris Koster.
(Mo. Atty. General's Office)

Late personal property tax payments have emerged in another Missouri political campaign.

County tax records show Attorney General Chris Koster paid late three times, most recently in 2009. Personal property taxes typically are due at the end of the calendar year. In each instance, Koster paid the tax bill for his vehicle in January.

The total for the late tax charges was less than $200. In addition, Koster was charged $70 for a late personal property assessment from 2008 while paying the tax timely that year.

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87th district ballots
1:12 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

St. Louis County finds ballot irregularities in razor-thin state House race

(via Flickr/voxefxtm)

Updated 3:25 p.m. with reaction from Stacey Newman.

Updated 3:10 p.m. to clarify that the two precincts were, indeed, in two separate Missouri House districts, confirming the importance to the issue to the race between Stacey Newman and Susan Carlson.

Updated with quotes from Rita Heard Days.

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