Despite the public flogging of Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), Mitt Romney remains in a strong position to carry Missouri in November, a new poll released Thursday shows.
The latest release from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) shows Romney leading President Barack Obama by 12 points among likely voters in the Show Me State, 53 percent to 41 percent — an indication that the embattled Akin may not be much of a drag on the Republican presidential ticket there. Thursday's poll also showed McCaskill, who was the most vulnerable Democratic incumbent Senator up for election prior to Akin's "legitimate rape" remark, clinging to a slim lead in her race, 45 percent to 44 percent.
The PollTracker Average, which also shows Romney leading in Missouri by 12 points, illustrates the brief tightening of the presidential race that occurred after Akin found himself in hot water, but the Republican nominee has since re-asserted himself as the prohibitive favorite to win the state's 10 electoral votes.