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Bridget Johnson


November 6, 2012 - 7:42 pm

It seems that the “legitimate rape” comment — and subsequent yanking of most GOP support — helped doom Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-Mo.) Senate campaign after all.

With 35 percent of precincts reporting, Akin had 41.4 percent of the vote compared to 51.9 percent for Sen. Claire McCaskill (D).

Akin stubbornly refused to drop out of the race after his August comment and the withdrawal of National Republican Senatorial Committee and Republican National Committee funding. He pulled conservatives Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Mike Huckabee, and Newt Gingrich to his side.

Real Clear Politics took the race out of the toss-up column just before Election Day after new polling data skewed firmly toward the Democrat.

UPDATE: Akin just conceded the race to supporters after calling McCaskill to do the same.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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