Akin Kills Senate Campaign Bid
February 27, 2015

(AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin is putting an end to the rumors: He will not make another run for the U.S. Senate in 2016.

Akin’s 2012 Senate bid was undermined when he remarked in a TV interview that women’s bodies have ways of avoiding pregnancy from what he called “legitimate rape.” The St. Louis County Republican, who served six terms in the House, was soundly defeated by Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill in the general election.

Akin recently made comments to a Washington, D.C., publication perceived by some as hints that he would challenge Republican Sen. Roy Blunt in the August 2016 primary, but Akin released a one-sentence statement Thursday that left no room for interpretation.

“In response to various questions: I will not be running for the U.S. Senate in 2016,” Akin said in the statement. Messages seeking further comment were not returned.

Akin, 67, told The Hill, a Washington newspaper, on Wednesday that “there is a high level of dissatisfaction among conservatives, that they have been pushed out of the Republican Party.” He said the Tea Party “is skeptical and wants some fresh blood, not just the same establishment guys.”

Blunt said during a conference call this week that he would not answer questions about the Senate race. He is expected to run for re-election but has not indicated when a formal announcement will be made.

Secretary of State Jason Kander, a 33-year-old Democrat, announced last week that he will run for Blunt’s Senate seat.

Kander Senate Announcement Video
February 19, 2015

Kander to Take on Blunt in Missouri Senate Campaign 2016
February 19, 2015

Missouri’s Democratic Secretary of State Jason Kander will challenge Republican incumbent Roy Blunt in 2016.
“We can’t change Washington if we don’t change the people we send there. I believe it’s time for a new generation of leaders,” Kander said in a video announcement.
Kander is a former Kansas City State Representative.
He was elected Secretary of State in 2012. In making the decision to run for the Senate he is giving up the statewide office.
Within Minutes, Missouri Republicans linked Kander to President Obama.
The Missouri GOP post an image showing his name; replacing the ‘o’ in Jason with the Obama campaign logo
of a sun.
“Jason Kander has already proven himself to be a dyed-in-the-wool liberal in lock-step with the failing Obama Agenda ” said Republicn Chairman Ed Martin.
The head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DCCC), Jon Tester praised Kander and his decision.
” Jason’s experience serving his country in Afghanistan and as a U.S. Army Captain, and his time in the General Assembly and Secretary of State’s office leaves him well equipped to fight for Missouri’s middle class against Washington D.C.’s powerful special interests”.

Report: Kander Considers 2016 Senate Challenge
January 30, 2015

The Kansas City Star is reporting that Missouri Secretary of State, Democrat Jason Kander may be looking at running for the US Senate in 2016.

Kander would likely be facing Republican incumbent Roy Blunt.

The report says former Kansas Citian would make a decision by this summer. No other major Democrat has expressed any interest in challenging Blunt.

If Kander joined the 2016 campaign, he would probably have to give up the Secretary of State’s office that he now holds.

His term expires in 2016.

Blunt used the same office, Secretary of State, to launch his Congressional career.

He was elected to the Senate in 2010, defeating another Democratic Secretary of State, Robin Carnahan.