Oct 8, 2012 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits
Excerpted from Buzz Feed: WASHINGTON — Even as some Republican lawmakers have recently renewed their support for Rep. Todd Akin in his bid for U.S. Senate in Missouri, an influx of cash hasn’t followed — and whether it materializes will likely determine whether the embattled Republican has a chance at a comeback.
The floor fell out of Akin’s campaign several weeks ago when he suggested women couldn’t become pregnant from “legitimate rape,” but some conservative leaders have since retured to his corner.
Akin’s campaign, which has not yet released its third-quarter fundraising totals, raised $284,000 from April 1 through June 30, and reported $1.4 million on hand at the end of June. Although some Akin aides say traditional fundraising has picked up a bit of late, the campaign continues to operate under the assumption that most major donors and outside groups will sit this race out.
But Akin’s supporters hope that, with, control of the Senate on the line, Republicans might be forced to give Akin a second look. Whether they do is the next big question in the race for the U.S. Senate in Missouri.
Rod Jetton, a former Republican speaker of the House in Missouri who works now as a political analyst, said major donors have about a week left to reevaluate and contribute money to Akin if they want to make a difference in the race.