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Rasmussen Reports has released a poll of 500 Missouri voters that shows US Representative Todd Akin is now trailing his Democratic opponent in the US Senate race by 10 points.

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President Barack Obama is mocking Senate candidate Todd Akin of Missouri for his remarks about a woman's body being able to avoid pregnancy during what Akin called a "legitimate rape."

Obama told a group of donors in New York that the Missouri congressman "somehow missed science class" even though he sits on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

Among the few Republicans who have remained quiet Akin's comments are the Missouri GOP candidates for top state offices.

At a campaign stop in St. Louis, McCaskill fielded question after question about calls for Akin to step aside. And each time she gave the same answer, McCaskill said the voters of Missouri have spoken.

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Just before 6:00pm Wednesday, Missouri Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R) issued this statement via email:

Republican Congressman Todd Akin is highlighting his Christian faith while asking for help in reviving his Senate campaign.

Akin on Mo. Senate bid: "This is not about my ego"

Aug 22, 2012
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Embattled Rep. Todd Akin this morning says he's in the U.S. Senate race to stay. In a nationally broadcast interview Akin has said "this is not about my ego" but about the voters of Missouri who chose him as their nominee.

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Five senior Missouri Republicans call on Akin to end his campaign
  • Akin lets Mo. Senate withdrawal deadline pass
  • Columbia to lose its commercial airline service to Memphis
  • Court vacates EPA cross-state pollution rule
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The initial deadline for Republican Rep. Todd Akin to quit the Missouri Senate race has come and gone, with no signs that he plans to give up.

There have been a flurry of statements issued Tuesday afternoon calling for Republican US Representative Todd Akin to drop out of the race for the U.S. Senate.

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For KBIA’s Talking Politics, Ryan Famuliner sat down with Terry Smith, a regular contributor to the show, to talk about the fallout from Rep. Todd Akin’s comments regarding abortion and rape.

According to figures from Public Policy Polling, 79% of Missouri voters disagree with Todd Akin's comments last weekend. As you might expect, Akin's image has taken a beating but his overall poll numbers are still kicking. Public Policy Polling is showing that if Akin were to run today, he'd eke out a victory with 1 percentage point over his rival.

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Missouri Republican Congressman Todd Akin today remains embattled but suggests that he plans to stay in the race for U.S. Senate.

The political firestorm caused by Akin’s remarks about “legitimate rape,” pregnancy and abortion have prompted calls by Republicans for the Senate candidate to step down.

In statements and broadcasts yesterday, candidates lines up against Akin. But the incumbent Democratic Senator from Missouri – Claire McCaskill - wasn’t one of them.

Akin’s opponent, Democrat Claire McCaskill has sought to brand Akin as a fringe conservative.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Apologetic Rep. Todd Akin chastised for "legitimate rape" comment
  • Sen. Claire McCaskill: Akin should be allowed to stay in race
  • MU enrollment numbers are up

Republican Rep. Todd Akin’s comments on rape and abortion in a weekend interview have prompted a storm of reactions nationwide. 

"Legitimate rape"

Aug 20, 2012

The Atlantic is publishing some of the best writing on this whole Todd Akin, "Legitimate Rape" controversy. Here, writer Garance Franke-Ruta takes a serious look at what Akin and like-minded public figures are trying to get at. Just what is "legitimate rape" and why do so many believe it can't cause pregnancy?

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.

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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. And this year was no exception.

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:

In the high-profile race for U.S. Senate in Missouri, incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill is seizing on this year’s drought to win support among rural voters. 

Speaking at the historic Soulard Farmers Market, Senator McCaskill laid in to her opponent in the November election—Republican Congressman Todd Akin—for his opposition the Senate version of the federal farm bill, which includes disaster assistance for farmers reeling from this year’s record drought.

Were it not for Republicans like Todd Akin, McCaskill says that relief would be on its way to farmers and ranchers.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Missouri Farm Bureau endorses Akin and Spence
  • Gov. Nixon appoints Charlie Shields to the State Board of Education
  • New environmental concerns over an area north of St. Louis County
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Missouri’s two main US Senate hopefuls made pitches Friday to members of the Missouri Farm Bureau in Jefferson City. 

McCaskill expects to get outspent in November

Aug 10, 2012

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says she's "relieved" to not have to face wealthy businessman John Brunner in her fight to keep her Senate seat. But she's still expecting to be outspent in the race against Todd Akin.



Yesterday was a day for people in some states to vote in primary elections. Kansas Republicans unseated some of their own lawmakers who were seen as too willing to cooperate with Democrats, and we'll have more on that in a moment.


We'll also report on a primary vote that affects this fall's contest to control the Senate. Democrats hold an advantage in the Senate now. Republicans have many opportunities to gain seats or even win control.

Three Missouri Republicans are vying for the chance to take on Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill this November.  All three have a strong chance of winning the GOP an extra Senate seat.

Newscast for August 6, 2012

Aug 6, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Fire destroys Joplin mosque
  • Republican Senate primary heats up
  • 'Right to pray' amendment on primary ballot

Newscast for August 02, 2012

Aug 2, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Rep. Akin discusses Senate campaign ahead of primary
  • Livestock farmers seek safety net, while Washington politics delay aid

Rep. Akin discusses U.S. Senate campaign ahead of primary

Aug 2, 2012
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Republican congressman Todd Akin stopped off in Columbia Thursday in one of his last campaign rallies ahead of Tuesday's primary election that pits Akin against two other high-profile GOP candidates vying to challenge U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill in November.

Newscast for July 30, 2012

Jul 30, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Lt. Gov. Kinder and state Sen. Lager take jabs in debate
  • Sarah Palin endorses Steelman for Senate
  • Poll: Romney leads Obama by 9 percent

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Three members of Missouri's congressional delegation say programs at the state's largest military bases are too important to cut or move elsewhere.

Two of the three Republican candidates running to challenge Senator Claire McCaskill in November squared off Tuesday in the first of what is sure to be several debates before the primary election.