Should he stay or should he go?

Politico’s reporting Akin is withdrawing, while the Wall St. Journal reports that he’s staying. Is he gone? We should know any minute. Obviously, Democrats would like to see him stay (because it greatly improves McCaskill’s chances) but if he does leave, he presents another problem for Republicans: namely, that Akin clearly represents the far-fringe Tea partiers who voted for him. Does his withdrawal depress their base turnout?

Fearing a likely election victory is now in doubt, Republican leaders and candidates on Monday called on Missouri Rep. Todd Akin to abandon his bid for a crucial Senate seat because of his suggestion that women’s bodies can avert pregnancies in cases of “legitimate rape.”

Mr. Akin had been running ahead in polls of Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, who is widely considered the most endangered Senate incumbent. But were he to lose, the GOP’s chances of recapturing a majority in the Senate and enacting a sweeping conservative agenda would be reduced. Republicans control the House and hope to overturn a 53-47 Democratic majority in the Senate.

The high stakes in the race prompted an unusually public campaign by Republicans to persuade Mr. Akin to step aside, despite his victory in a hard-fought primary just two weeks ago. If Mr. Akin does not quit the race by 5 p.m. Tuesday, he would have to seek a court order to do so. Mr. Akin suggested Monday he had no plans to drop out.

Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas), who leads the Republican Party effort to win Senate seats, called Mr. Akin Monday, according to a Republican official. Mr. Akin was told that if he stays in, “he is putting not just this seat but the GOP’s prospects for a Senate majority at great risk,” the official said.

3 thoughts on “Should he stay or should he go?

  1. Win at any cost. If that means lying to the people then so be it. Akin, Romney and Ryan all believe that conception begins at the very moment a sperm collides with an egg. That position will be a plank in the Republican Party’s platform. The Republican Party is controlled by and represents those people who in the 1600’s would have condemned Galileo for saying that the earth revolved around the sun.

  2. Heh, whether he quits today or not probably depends on whether they got the horse’s head into his bed last night….

    The Repubs are acting like mobsters, so why not?

    They’ve made the offer and threats; it’s up to Akin now whether he’ll take the carrot or get the stick…somewhere unpleasant.

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