Poll: Hillary Trails 3 GOP Contenders in Missouri
February 20, 2015

The likely Democratic presidential nominee in 2016 would face a hard time in Missouri with three top GOP contenders, according to a new survey.
A Remington Research Poll shows former Secretary of State, Democrat Hillary Clinton, losing to Jeb Bush, or Scott Walker or Rand Paul in head-to-head match ups with likely Missouri voters.
957 likely voters were questioned with a margin of error of 3.2%
The question: if the election were held today, who would you vote vote?
Here are the match ups:

Jeb Bush 50%
Hillary Clinton 40%
Undecided 10%

Scott Walker 48%
Hillary Clinton 40%
Undecided 9%

Rand Paul 47%
Hillary Clinton 42%
Undecided 11

Akin Fund Raising Appeal Blasts GOP Leaders for Abandoning His Campaign, But Supporting “Pro-Choice” Republicans
September 18, 2012

A new fund raising appeal from the Todd Akin Senate campaign blasts Republican leaders for abandoning their campaign, but supporting ” pro-choice Republicans in Massachusetts and Maine.
The appeal, signed by Akin’s his son, Campaign Manager Perry akin, went out via e-mail late Monday.

The letter cites a poll showing Akin leading Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill by five points.

“Meanwhile, in Massachusetts, pro-choice Republican Scott Brown is down to liberal Elizabeth Warren in the latest polls, and has been losing ground in recent days. But that’s where the DC Party Bosses continue to devote YOUR money.

They spend heavily on pro-choice candidates in Massachusettes and Maine, while vowing publicly to not help Todd – who, it bears repeating, is leading in the polls.

Is that the Republican Party you signed up for?”, Akin writes in the e-mail.

Republican campaigns withdrew financial support for Akin last month.
He created headlines by claiming women were able to biologically prevent getting pregnant from “legitimate rape”.

He has since apologized for the remark.

He often starts his campaign stump speech now by admitting he ” stuck my foot in my mouth.”

The appeal is part of the latest Akin effort to raise another $125,000 for the campaign by Monday night.

There is no word on if the campaign reached it’s goal.

What’s on the Line in Wisconsin, It May Be More than the Governor’s Mansion
June 4, 2012

(AP) – Five months before Election Day, you’d think there would be no better harbinger about who will win the White House than a contentious statewide vote in a critical battleground state that never moved on from the 2010 campaign.

You’d be wrong.

Yes, there will be tea leaves to read after Wisconsin voters decide Tuesday whether to recall rookie Republican Gov. Scott Walker, a tea party-supported GOP hero who might be the only politician in America to rival President Barack Obama in contentious achievement that inspires loathing among opponents.

A win for Walker and some will say Mitt Romney is sure to be the first GOP candidate to carry Wisconsin since the party’s last winner here: Ronald Reagan in 1984. A loss for Walker will lead others to say the presumptive Republican nominee should give up on the state.

Don’t listen.

On both sides of the fall campaign, there’s a feeling the outcome of Tuesday’s vote – no matter who wins – will highlight reasons both Obama and Romney should compete hard for Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes. There’s an acknowledgement that neither side is likely to wake up Wednesday with a clear edge, given there’s so much time left before November.

And there’s agreement the Wisconsin recall doesn’t say much at all about the presidential race in the other 49 states.

“It’s a Wisconsin-specific moment, not a national referendum,” said Democratic strategist John Lapp, a veteran senior strategist for several election campaigns in Wisconsin.

Walker arrived in office after his election in 2010 and immediately began an effort to strip union rights from most of the state’s public employees. The former Milwaukee County executive argued that’s what was needed to balance the state’s books, but Democrats and labor leaders saw Walker’s efforts as a way to gut the power of his political opposition.

In the face of massive protests, the new governor ultimately succeeded. Defeated Democrats responded by gathering more than 900,000 signatures to put Walker back on the ballot, where he’ll face the same opponent he beat to win election, Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

Should Walker lose, most Republicans agree Obama will have the upper hand in Wisconsin. Romney could decide to concede Wisconsin and anchor his Midwestern strategy in Iowa, where polls show the early race close and where he maintains a network of support from his 2008 and 2012 caucus campaigns.

But despite a generation-long favor toward Democrats, Wisconsin has become a closely watched battleground. George W. Bush lost the state by less than a percentage point in 2000 and 2004, and in 2010 voters picked Walker as they also booted longtime Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold from office in favor of a political novice backed by the tea party.

Politico: Tax Flap Hurts McCaskill in Senate Race Rankings
May 31, 2012

Politico ranks Missouri #6 among the top US Senate Races this year. Here the summary of the race in the last month according to them:

“Fourteen months after she was forced to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in back taxes on her private plane, Sen. Claire McCaskill found herself ensnared in another tax lapse. The Kansas City Star reported she was late paying property taxes on her Washington, D.C., condominium — a head-shaking oversight that only begs the question: What else might come back to bite the first-term Democrat? On the brighter side for McCaskill, Republicans Sarah Steelman, John Brunner and Rep. Todd Akin are beating each other up on gay marriage, tort reform and earmarks. And their rhetoric is becoming more bellicose, with a smiling Steelman telling a supporter she’s ready to “punch Claire McCaskill out.” The latest Public Policy Polling numbers are good news for Brunner, who is finally seeing a return on the millions of personal money he’s invested in the race.”
“Who won May: Brunner”
Politco says the top Senate race in the nation now is the Massachusetts showdown between Republican Scott Walker and Democrat Elizabeth Warren

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0512/76892_Page2.html#ixzz1wRrxLC75

Wisconsin Democrats Survive Recall Elections
August 17, 2011

From Politico:

Two Democratic state senators in Wisconsin withstood recall elections Tuesday night, the last in a series of recalls that Democrats launched as political retribution for a Republican-backed effort to scale back labor rights.

State Sens. Jim Holperin and Robert Wirch both defeated Republican challengers. Holperin held off Kim Samac in a northern Wisconsin district — a race that Republicans had seen closing in recent days, but that Holperin eventually won by a healthy margin. With almost 80 percent of precincts reporting, Holperin led Samac by 8 points, 54 percent to 46 percent.

Wirch easily beat GOP challenger Jonathan Steitz, 57 percent to 43 percent, to keep his Milwaukee-area district.

“We need to get back to work,” Holperin told POLITICO after his victory speech. “I had to put some stuff aside in order to conduct these recalls, as did many of my colleagues. So a lot of us are just looking forward to getting back to work. We’ve got a lot of issues to deal with in the Legislature.”

The recalls were spurred by Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s contentious push to strip many public employees of their collective bargaining rights — an initiative that led to an explosion of protest in Madison and prompted all 14 Democratic state senators to flee the state in an effort to block Walker’s bill. When Walker and Republicans ultimately succeeded in pushing through the labor law, Democrats inside and outside of Wisconsin turned their attention to recalling GOP senators — and they still hope to force Walker into a recall next year.