Akin’s “Legitimate Rape” Gaffe is Missouri Story of the Year
December 27, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Todd Akin’s jaw-dropping gaffe about rape and pregnancy, and his subsequent loss to incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, ranks as Missouri’s top story of 2012, according to a survey of Associated Press member newspaper editors and broadcast news directors.

Akin’s ranking was no small feat in a year in which his headlines received competition from drought, Missouri’s continued opposition to health care reform, a record lottery winner and more fallout from the failed Mamtek sweetener facility project in Moberly.

Akin told a St. Louis television interviewer in August that women’s bodies have ways of avoiding pregnancy in what he called “legitimate rape.” He later began apologizing repeatedly, but he refused calls from leading Republicans to drop out of the race so that the Missouri GOP could field a replacement candidate.

The remarks triggered so much reaction – outrage from women’s groups and what-was-he-thinking confusion from Akin’s Republican brethren – that most of the other races on Missouri’s crowded election ballot received scant attention. Reporters staked out Akin to see if he would bow to pressure and leave the race. And once it was clear he was in for good, did he stand a chance?

In the end, McCaskill won a second term by soundly defeating Akin 55 percent to 39 percent.

Coming in second for the year’s top stories was the deep and widespread drought, which plagued crops and led Gov. Jay Nixon to offer enhanced state grants to farmers needing to drill new wells.

The state’s no. 3 story in 2012 was Missouri’s persistent opposition to President Barack Obama’s health care law. Voters passed an initiative preventing the governor from setting up a state-run health insurance exchange, and Republican legislative leaders vowed to oppose Nixon’s proposal to expand Medicaid coverage as called for by the federal law.

The rest of the top 10:

-4. Joplin’s ongoing recovery from the deadly May 2011 tornado continued to impress and generate headlines. The city was buoyed by a visit from President Obama for the deadly twister’s one-year anniversary.

“You are from Joplin. And you are from America,” Obama said. “You will not be defined by the difficulties you face, but how you respond – with strength, and grace, and a commitment to others.”

-5. Republicans won veto-proof majorities in both the Missouri House and Senate for the first time since the Civil War era while Democratic Gov. Nixon and other incumbent executives also won re-election.

-6. Kansas City Chiefs starting linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend before driving to Arrowhead Stadium and committing suicide in front of team officials. Belcher’s actions orphaned the couple’s 3-month-old daughter, and later reports showed Belcher had been feuding with his girlfriend and complaining about her to another woman.

-7. A bronze bust of conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh was added to the Missouri Capitol’s Hall of Famous Missourians despite protests, mainly from women’s groups. A security camera was installed to keep watch over the bust.

-8. Missouri lawmakers overrode a veto by Nixon to enact a new religious exemption from insurance coverage of birth control.

-9. Bruce Cole, the CEO of the failed Mamtek artificial sweetener factory in Moberly, was charged with theft and security fraud for allegedly misleading financiers about the company’s troubled operations and diverting revenue from city-backed bonds to make payments on his home in Beverly Hills, Calif.

-10. Cindy and Mark Hill, high school sweethearts from the northwest Missouri town of Dearborn, became one of two winners of the record $588 million Powerball jackpot. The couple vowed the money wouldn’t change things too much.

Cornyn Won’t Talk About Late GOP Money to Akin
December 11, 2012

Texas Sen. John Cornyn won’t say why the National Republican Senatorial Committee dumped cash into Missouri just before the election in an apparent attempt to boost Rep. Todd Akin’s struggling candidacy, despite publicly promising not to do so.

“I don’t have any comment on it,” Cornyn told POLITICO on Tuesday.

Late last week, campaign finance reports showed the NRSC transferred $760,000 to the Missouri Republican Party on the eve of the November election. The NRSC money came just as the Missouri GOP was pumping cash into a last-ditch ad campaign to boost Akin against Sen. Claire McCaskill, who later won by 15 points.

Democrats have bashed the NRSC for spending money in Missouri even though Cornyn and top Republicans promised to abandon Akin after his controversial “legitimate rape” comment sent his campaign into a tailspin.

Report: Akin Outspent 3-to-1 by McCaskill, Ends Up With Campaign Debt
December 10, 2012



The on-line newspaper the St. Louis Beacon reports that Democrat Claire McCaskill outspent GOP rival Todd Akin by almost 3-to-1 during the 2012 Missouri Senate race.
Both campaigns ended up with debts.
The Beacon, citing campaign documents it obtained, says Akin’s campaign raised $5.4 million and ended with a debt of $$268,829.
Last week, McCaskill’s campaign said it raised a total of $20 million and still had a debt of $238,010.
The Beacon says some Republican groups did come to the aid of Akin’s campaign near the end. It included money from the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, which had promised not to help Akin after his controversial remark about rape.
Outside Democratic groups, reports the Beacon, contributed more than $6.6 million to help the McCaskill campaign.

McCaskill Spent $19 Million on Re-election, Akin’s Report ?
December 7, 2012

(AP) – Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill spent more than $19 million on her re-election campaign but hasn’t finished paying all the bills.

A summary of the Democratic senator’s finances released Friday shows she had less than $8,800 in her campaign account as of Nov. 26.

McCaskill defeated Republican congressman Todd Akin last month after waging a heavy TV advertising campaign.

Her finance report shows she spent nearly $19.3 million during the campaign and has a debt of about $238,000

Campaign manager Adrianne Marsh says McCaskill has some outstanding invoices for ad production.

Akin also has been seeking donations to repay campaign debt. But it’s not clear how much Akin still owes, because his campaign has declined to release a summary of his post-election finance report.

Senate GOP Campaign Backed Off It’s ‘No Money for Akin’ Pledge, Came in at 11th Hour
December 7, 2012

Akin pointsPolitco:
The National Republican Senatorial Committee quietly sent $760,000 to the Missouri Republican Party in early November, just as the state GOP was mounting a last-minute TV ad blitz to boost Rep. Todd Akin’s sagging Senate campaign, according to records released Thursday.
The NRSC funds appear to have helped pay for the pro-Akin TV ads as he was struggling to narrow Sen. Claire McCaskill’s lead at the polls. The disclosure is highly significant because the Senate GOP campaign committee promised to abandon Akin after failing to push the conservative congressman out of the race following his August declaration that “legitimate rape” rarely leads to pregnancies because female bodies often shut down.
The NRSC declined to comment Thursday night.
When asked in September if the committee would consider reversing course and backing Akin, Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the NRSC chairman, flatly told POLITICO, “We’re done.” Akin was thus left without potentially millions of dollars in financial support he would have received from the NRSC in his challenge to McCaskill.
But as November began, Senate Republicans were facing a crisis. The once-bright 2012 landscape had shifted on them. Instead of winning a Senate majority, they were fighting to keep seats. McCaskill, once seen as the most vulnerable Democratic incumbent, was leading Akin by a solid margin in the polls.
As as the Missouri Senate race dragged on and Akin made up some ground in the contest, the NRSC was in a quandary: Does it stick to its word and hope Akin could rebound on his own? Or should it flip-flop and send an infusion of cash into the race in a last-ditch bid to save his campaign?
Now it appears to have been the latter, certain to give fodder to Democrats eager to hit Senate Republicans on hypocrisy charges.

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