McCaskill shuts down Akin’s Senate bid

By David Edwards
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 22:40 EDT
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Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill via AFP
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Democratic Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill on Tuesday ended the Senate bid of a Republican congressman who came under fire after he asserted that women could not get pregnant from “legitimate rape.”

CBS News and other media organizations announced that McCaskill was projected to defeat Republican Rep. Todd Akin with just 20 percent of the precincts counted as of 10:15 p.m. ET.

Earlier this year, the Republican congressman offended female voters by when he declared that pregnancy from “legitimate rape” was not possible because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

He later compounded problems by insisting that McCaskill had not appeared “ladylike” during one debate.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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