A new poll suggests Todd Akin might still have a legitimate chance at Claire McCaskill's Senate seat.
Public Policy Polling claims that currently Akin leads McCaskill by 1 point, 44-43 among Missouri voters. "That's basically identical to our last poll of the contest in late May, which found Akin ahead by a 45-44 spread." the polling firm, headed by Democratic
lackey pollster Dean Denhem, says on their site.
Well golly Missourah must be some kinda hick state if the overwhelming national outrage over Akin's bogus woman-hating science claims has made no impact here, right? Wrong. The poll, which has been cited by Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, among others was skewed to represent the opinions of conservative voters.
Lets take a look at the math here:
According to PPC, 39 percent of the people they polled on Monday evening identified as Republicans. Sounds about right for Missouri.. it's a flaming red state now apparently...
But it's a little dicey when you look at the poll they did in May... the one that's being touted as an indicator of Akin's lasting popularity.
Compare also, to the sample they took for a June poll on Romney V Obama:
In the most recent poll, PPC happens upon a magically super-red sample size that is predictably less likely to change their minds on Akin, no matter what $h*# comes out of his mouth. Why could that be?
Yesterday McCaskill's campaign sent Daily RFT an invitation to a press conference to hear "medical professionals discuss the science behind Akin's ignorant and irresponsible remarks." Two hours later, the campaign decided to "postpone" the press conference to a "later date" due to an "unforseen conflict." That conflict, presumably, is the fact that Democrats can't let Akin drop out before his 5pm deadline today. It's no secret that Democrats spent $1.5 million to get Akin elected in the primary and his impressive foot-in-oral-sphincter reflexes have all but assured McCaskill's re-election. A new challenger threatens to jeopardize McCaskill's tenuous hold on public office and Democrats sure don't want that.
Steven Law, the president of American Crossroads, the PAC that withdrew financial support for Akin yesterday, puts it bluntly in a recent statement:
Rep. Akin faces a simple choice: Will he help Democrats hold the McCaskill seat and potentially the Senate majority by staying in the race, or will he help Republicans defeat Barack Obama's most reliable ally in the Senate by getting out?
As pronounced as the Republican calls for Akin to exit the race are, Democrats have been conspicuously silent on the subject. So until 5 pm, Todd, you still have a fighting chance in someone's big blue book.