Down Ballot State of Play

TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

8:15 am ET

From the new issue of TIME, my review of where the House and Senate contests stand, including the Missouri Senate race:

Republican expectations to easily nab Democrat Claire McCaskill’s Missouri Senate seat were curbed when their nominee, Congressman Todd Akin, made his offensive remarks about rape and pregnancy…National Republicans pulled all their financing from Akin, who has declined to quit the race…While both parties have been surprised by polls that show Akin maintaining a close contest, the Democrats are deliberately holding back explosive TV ads pillorying his comments until the Sept. 25 deadline to replace him on the ballot passes…Once those commercials start, both sides believe Akin will be effectively eliminated, costing Republicans a Senate seat they were counting on and maybe their shot at the majority.

Read the full piece here.

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