At a Thursday morning fundraiser for his super PAC, former Bush political strategist Karl Rove told an audience of billionaires and influential investors that a chance for Republican control of the Senate is in jeopardy, then made a joke about Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) being “mysteriously murdered.”
Democrats pounced on those remarks and used them to remind voters that Akin’s views on abortion and women’s health issues are not much different from most other Republicans’, including Mitt Romney’s running mate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). Both Akin and Ryan co-sponsored a bill that would have denied federal assistance to rape victims unless they qualify for what they called “forcible rape.”
A survey published Thursday by the Democratic-affiliated Public Policy Polling group found that Akin is virtually tied with Sen. Claire McCaskill (R-MO), with 44 percent of survey respondents favoring McCaskill and 43 percent favoring Akin.
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