Top GOP Operative: Republicans ‘Will Run A Write-In’ To Defeat Todd Akin Think Progress This morning on ABC News, however, Mary Matalin — a well-connected GOP operative — suggested that Republicans would run a write-in candidate to defeat Akin. Matlin said that, if necessary, Republicans would “transfer the money” to Ann Wagner — a former chairwoman of the Missouri GOP who is currently running for Congress — to run as a 3rd party or write-in candidate. (Transcript at link)
Ann Coulter: The ‘show me another GOP candidate’ state Appeal-Democrat Relying on Todd Akin’s sense of decency has not worked. Within hours of his idiotic comments about “legitimate rape,” Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS pulled out millions of dollars in funding for the Missouri Senate race. Akin didn’t get the hint. Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, withdrew all funding from the Missouri race. Akin still refused to quit.
Todd Akin, at News Conference: I’m Staying In ABC News (blog) Todd Akin’s message to Missouri: I’m staying in the race. Akin, the sixth-term Republican congressman who is running for the U.S. Senate in Missouri, held his first news conference on Thursday after top Republicans heaped pressure on him to withdraw as a candidate following his controversial comments on rape and pregnancy.
Area GOP leaders say Akin should bow out Martinsville Bulletin U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin has until Sept. 25 to bow out of a race that many think he is unable to win after his comments about “legitimate rape.” If Akin withdraws by then, the GOP “still can find another candidate willing to get into the fray,” said Brian O’Conner, legislative assistant to state Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Glade Hill.
Will Huckabee Defend Akin in His RNC Speech? The Nation (blog) It was inevitable that the backlash to Representative Todd Akin’s (R-MO) shocking assertion that in instances of “legitimate rape” a woman cannot get pregnant would generate its own counter-reaction on the right. Akin has a long been a vocal proponent of Christianist conservatism, and it has earned him some loyalty on the religious right.
Huckabee Channels Akin’s Delusion National Review Online (blog) Mike Huckabee came to Todd Akin’s defense yesterday, sending four paragraphs of support to Huckabee’s e-mail list and doubling down on the candidate’s mistakes. As with Akin’s own explanation of his decision to stay in the race, Huckabee’s defense made little sense.
Huckabee digs in behind Akin Politico (blog) Todd Akin hasn’t had many high-profile supporters with him in the trenches this week, but Mike Huckabee became an important and emphatic exception Thursday afternoon, sending a message to his own supporters that accuses Republican elites of trying to drum a good man out of a winnable Senate race.