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Claire McCaskill beats "legitimate rape" guy Todd Akin in Missouri

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Goodbye Todd Akin:

McCaskill, pleased to be running against a Republican with his own voting record in Congress, immediately painted Akin as “one of the most fringe, conservative congressmen in the United States.” And Akin did his part to reinforce that message when he said that women’s bodies can prevent pregnancy in the case of “legitimate rape.”

The comment sparked a firestorm that raged into the presidential campaign, providing Democrats fresh fodder to cast Akin – and Republicans generally – as extreme and out-of-touch.

Recognizing that a loss in Missouri could put an end to their efforts to regain control of the Senate, Mitt Romney and key Republican groups called on Akin to drop out of the race in time for the party to run an alternate candidate.

Akin refused. “This is an election, not a selection,” he said.

But the damage had been done. The comment swiftly erased Akin’s lead in the race, dashing Republicans’ hopes of ousting McCaskill, perhaps the most hated Democrat in Missouri.

Akin was so unpalatable that Missouri just gave McCaskill another 6 years in the senate.

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