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August 22, 2012

Will Akin Cost Republicans Control of the Senate?

Democrats can't believe their good fortune that Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) is not bowing to GOP pressure to drop his U.S. Senate bid against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO)

Amy Walter: "The importance of this Senate seat to the GOP's chances of taking control of the Senate cannot be underestimated. It is not impossible for Republicans to pick up the four seats (three, if Romney wins the White House) needed for a majority without Missouri. But it will be a long, hard slog."

"If McCaskill wins, Republicans would need to win four of the five most vulnerable Democratic-held seats - Nebraska, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Virginia and Montana - while not losing any of their own vulnerable seats, such as Massachusetts, Maine, Nevada or Indiana. At this point, Republicans are favored to win Nebraska while Democrats have the edge in Maine."

"With Akin sticking to his bid, if Republicans stick by their commitment not to help or fund him, they are essentially writing off a path to the majority. That is pretty astounding."


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