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Sep 28 2012

Money Flowing Back to Akin Campaign?

As I predicted from the start, it looks like some of that PAC money that had initially been pulled away from Rep. Todd Akin’s campaign for the Senate may be flowing back in now that he’s refused, once and for all, to withdraw. ABC News reports:

A powerful conservative PAC said today that “circumstances have changed” and it is reconsidering its decision to withhold funds for Todd Akin’s bid for a Missouri Senate seat, and Akin’s campaign said today they expect other groups will also resume spending.

The statement by the Senate Conservatives Fund, a PAC led by South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, comes as the 5 p.m. CT deadline for Akin to quit the race looms…

Several Republican PACs also withdrew their financial support, despite the fact that Missouri could be crucial to GOP hopes of winning control of the Senate.

But DeMint’s group has recently polled its members asking them, “Knowing that Todd Akin will face Claire McCaskill in November and the race could decide control of the Senate, should the Senate Conservatives Fund endorse Akin and help him raise the support he needs to win?”

Executive Director Matt Hoskins told ABC News today, “Circumstances have changed in two important ways … the deadline has passed. He is the Republican candidate, he will be on the ballot. And the choice is between him and Claire McCaskill.”

This is relatively small potatoes, money-wise. The real test will be whether the RNC, Crossroads GPS or groups controlled by FreedomWorks, the Club For Growth and other well-funded groups flows back into the race. I still say a good portion of it will.

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  1. 1
    richardelguru

    It’s about the right time for the attention span of most voters.

  2. 2
    Ellie

    And Claire McCaskill isn’t “ladylike,” so what choice do they have?

  3. 3
    Chiroptera

    “Circumstances have changed in two important ways…”

    …one is that we need Aiken if we want to maintain a filibustering presence in the Senate.

  4. 4
    Phillip IV

    Executive Director Matt Hoskins told ABC News today, “Circumstances have changed in two important ways … the deadline has passed. He is the Republican candidate, he will be on the ballot. And the choice is between him and Claire McCaskill.”

    And there’s a third thing that has changed: there’s no longer any risk of derailing the Romney campaign with Akin’s remarks. From where they currently are, they can’t even see the railroad track anymore.

  5. 5
    rory

    Is there any chance that this is a positive thing? Funds that they pour into supporting a candidate who is facing a difficult election bid are funds they won’t be spending in other contested race which might be closer.

  6. 6
    fifthdentist

    Money goes in, money goes out; you can’t explain that!

  7. 7
    Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

    If he’s not a legitimate candidate, the money knows this. The money has ways of shutting things down.

  8. 8
    grumpyoldfart

    I remember when you made that prediction. Well done.

  9. 9
    typecaster

    we need Aiken if we want to maintain a filibustering presence in the Senate.

    Oh, if only that were so. The question is whether the Democrats retain more than 50 seats in the Senate, rather than the 60 that would give them a filibuster-proof majority. While I can hope for such an outcome, most all of the projections I’ve seen recently are for 50 (plus the vice president) to 55 seats.

  10. 10
    Modusoperandi

    Well you know, people always want to try to make that as one of those things, well how do you, how do you slice this particularly tough sort of ethical question. First of all, from what I understand from pollsters, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate race, the Super PAC has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the media and not attacking the politician.

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