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.
A federal lawsuit is seeking to block a new Missouri law making it a crime to disturb a worship service.
The lawsuit filed Wednesday by attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union claims the law is illegally vague and will infringe on free-speech rights guaranteed by the U.S. and Missouri constitutions.
The average ACT score for Missouri high school students is 21.6, a half a point higher than the national average of 21.1. Despite having the same average score as last year, Missouri’s ranking among the 50 states edged up slightly from 27th to 26th. The highest possible score is 36 and the lowest is one.
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:
Tim Lloyd of St. Louis Public Radio, on 'Morning Edition'
Saying that the positions he and others have taken against abortion will "strengthen our country and it's going to strengthen the Republican Party," Missouri Rep. Todd Akin said just before 1:30 p.m. ET that he will not withdraw from his state's Senate race by a 6 p.m. ET deadline this evening.
Embattled Missouri Republican Congressman Todd Akin says he plans to stay in the race for U.S. Senate.
The fallout from Akin’s comments about pregnancies caused by “legitimate rape” has prompted a storm of criticism, including fellow Republicans, many of whom say Akin should withdraw his candidacy for Senate immediately.
The conservative PAC Crossroads GPS is pulling its ads from the Missouri race. The group had originally booked a new round of ads to start Wednesday but opted instead to cancel them.
Todd Akin may be losing a chunk of funding, to the tune of $5 million.
A National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee official tells The Associated Press that the group's head, Texas Sen. John Cornyn, called Rep. Todd Akin on Monday. The official says that Cornyn told Akin that $5 million in advertising the committee had set aside for the Missouri race would be spent elsewhere.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because the conversation was private.