GOP Rep. Todd Akin still has the edge over Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri, according to a new snap poll on Monday from Democratic-aligned Public Policy Polling — despite a national controversy over Akin’s remarks about “legitimate rape” and false claims that rape victims cannot get pregnant, which have led virtually the whole Republican Party to call for him to drop out.
Akin led McCaskill 44 percent support to 43 percent. In the previous PPP survey, conductedin late May in the middle of the Republican primary campaign, Akin led by a similar margin, 45 percent to 44 percent. Akin won the primary two weeks ago.
PPP’s Tom Jensen writes: “75% of Missouri voters think Akin’s comments were inappropriate, but they’re still voting along party lines.”