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Missouri Senate - Akin vs. McCaskill

Candidates

Todd Akin

Todd Akin (R)

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Claire McCaskill

Claire McCaskill (D)*

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Missouri Snapshot

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2012 Key Races:
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: Senate | MO-3 | MO-4 | MO-5
2008: President | Gov | MO-6 | MO-9
2006: Senate
2004: President | Sen | Gov | MO-5 | MO-6

Polling Data

PollDateSampleAkin (R)McCaskill (D)Spread
Final Results----39.154.8McCaskill +15.7
RCP Average10/23 - 11/3--42.048.3McCaskill +6.3
PPP (D)*11/2 - 11/3835 LV4448McCaskill +4
SurveyUSA*10/28 - 11/3589 LV3651McCaskill +15
WeAskAmerica*10/30 - 10/301217 LV4549McCaskill +4
Post-Dispatch/Mason-Dixon*10/23 - 10/25625 LV4345McCaskill +2

All Missouri Senate - Akin vs. McCaskill Polling Data

RCP Poll Average
Missouri Senate - Akin vs. McCaskill
42.0Akin (R)
48.3McCaskill (D)+6.3
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Race Analysis

10/30/2012 -- Todd Akin is still hanging around, and two of the four pollsters in the state show a close race. He still hasn't broken 45 percent since his infamous statement on "legitimate rape," but given the dynamics in the state, we should keep an eye on this race.

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The state of Missouri can be divided into five basic political divisions. The Democratic base is in central Kansas City and St. Louis.  Republicans run strong in the rural southwest, which has long been Republican, as well as in the band of counties stretching up the Missouri River from St. Louis to Kansas City, which were settled by Germans in the 1800s. The fourth division is found in the Republican-tilting suburbs, while the fifth division is basically the rest of the state, which is essentially a salient of the South jutting into the heart of the state. Democrats' successes are normally dictated by how well they run in these latter two areas.

The fifth division historically voted Democrat, and kept the state in the Democratic column. But in the 1970s, three Republicans remade the state's map: John Danforth, John Ashcroft and Kit Bond.  In 1970 Bond was elected the first Republican state auditor in 40 years.  He was elected governor two years later, and Ashcroft succeeded him as auditor.  Six years later Ashcroft succeeded Danforth as attorney general, who had likewise been the first Republican elected to the position since the Great Depression.  Both Danforth and Bond would go on to be United States senators.  Ashcroft, once again following Danforth, won the latter's Senate seat after his retirement in 1994. 

The seat has since been subject to wild swings.  Ashcroft was engaged in a tight battle with Gov. Mel Carnahan in 2000 when the governor was killed in a plane crash.  Carnahan was elected posthumously, and his widow was appointed to his seat.  She was defeated by Republican Jim Talent in 2002, who in turn lost to Claire McCaskill in 2006.

McCaskill has struck a bit of a populist tone in Washington, but the state has swung from the Democrats since her election.  In 2008 it was the only swing state to vote for John McCain over Barack Obama, and in 2010 Roy Blunt defeated Robin Carnahan by 14 points to replace the retiring Bond.  McCaskill's re-election numbers reflected this reality until her opponent, Rep. Todd Akin, claimed in an interview that a woman could not get pregnant as a result of "legitimate rape."  Akin's numbers have plummeted, but McCaskill has yet to break the 50 percent mark.  An Akin win seems unlikely, but isn't out of the question.

Polling Data

PollDateSampleAkin (R)McCaskill (D)Spread
Final Results----39.154.8McCaskill +15.7
RCP Average10/23 - 11/3--42.048.3McCaskill +6.3
PPP (D)*11/2 - 11/3835 LV4448McCaskill +4
SurveyUSA*10/28 - 11/3589 LV3651McCaskill +15
WeAskAmerica*10/30 - 10/301217 LV4549McCaskill +4
Post-Dispatch/Mason-Dixon*10/23 - 10/25625 LV4345McCaskill +2
PPP (D)*10/19 - 10/21582 LV4046McCaskill +6
Rasmussen Reports10/17 - 10/17500 LV4351McCaskill +8
PPP (D)*10/1 - 10/3700 LV4046McCaskill +6
Rasmussen Reports10/2 - 10/2500 LV4551McCaskill +6
WeAskAmerica9/25 - 9/271145 LV4546McCaskill +1
Gravis Marketing9/16 - 9/171959 LV4440Akin +4
Rasmussen Reports9/11 - 9/11500 LV4349McCaskill +6
PPP (D)8/28 - 8/29621 LV4445McCaskill +1
Gravis Marketing8/23 - 8/231057 RV3739McCaskill +2
Post-Dispatch/Mason-Dixon8/22 - 8/23625 LV4150McCaskill +9
Rasmussen Reports8/22 - 8/22500 LV3848McCaskill +10
PPP (D)8/20 - 8/20500 LV4443Akin +1
SurveyUSA*8/9 - 8/12585 LV5140Akin +11
Rasmussen Reports7/30 - 7/30500 LV4744Akin +3
Post-Dispatch/Mason-Dixon7/23 - 7/25625 LV4944Akin +5
Rasmussen Reports6/7 - 6/7500 LV5042Akin +8
PPP (D)5/24 - 5/27602 RV4544Akin +1
Rasmussen Reports4/17 - 4/17500 LV4843Akin +5
Rasmussen Reports3/14 - 3/15500 LV5043Akin +7
PPP (D)1/27 - 1/29582 RV4343Tie
Rasmussen Reports11/9 - 11/9500 LV4547McCaskill +2
PPP (D)9/9 - 9/12632 RV4345McCaskill +2
PPP (D)4/28 - 5/1555 RV4546McCaskill +1
PPP (D)3/3 - 3/6612 RV4445McCaskill +1