Nov 6, 2012 Comments Off Pat Dollard
Excerpted from Huffington Post: Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) successfully defended her seat on Tuesday against opponent Rep. Todd Akin (R), the Tea Party-backed Republican who has become infamous for his comments about “legitimate rape.”
Akin was leading McCaskill in the polls until he said in August that victims of “legitimate rape” rarely get pregnant, because the female body “has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Akin was defending his position that abortion should be illegal, even in cases of rape.
Later reports confirmed that Akin had been arrested at least eight times while participating in anti-abortion protests. On one occasion, police had to physically carry him into an elevator when he would not leave the premises of an abortion clinic, according to the St. Louis Dispatch.
Republicans initially distanced himself from Akin after his remarks and demanded that he leave the Senate race, but they have slowly reinstated their support. In the final weeks leading up to the election, the Republican Party spent about $700,000 toward Akin’s election effort.
McCaskill supports abortion rights and is the first female senator from Missouri. Her comeback and defeat of Akin is one of the most noteworthy outcomes