Todd “I stuck my foot in it” Akin is so screwed.
Top Republicans in the Senate are on their way towards distancing themselves from Congressman Achin’.
Senator Scott Brown (R-Mass): “As a husband and father of two young women, I found Todd Akin’s comments about women and rape outrageous, inappropriate and wrong…There is no place in our public discourse for this type of offensive thinking. Not only should he apologize, but I believe Rep. Akin’s statement was so far out of bounds that he should resign the nomination for US Senate in Missouri.”
Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisc): “Todd Akin’s statements are reprehensible and inexcusable. Gaining a Republican majority in the US Senate and fixing the huge challenges that face our nation is more important than any one individual’s political ambitions. Todd Akin should do the right thing for the nation and step aside today, so Missouri Republicans can put forth a candidate that can win in November.”
Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas): “Congressman Akin’s statements were wrong, offensive, and indefensible,” Mr. Cornyn said in a written statement. “I recognize that this is a difficult time for him, but over the next 24 hours, Congressman Akin should carefully consider what is best for him, his family, the Republican Party, and the values that he cares about and has fought for throughout his career in public service.”
Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney (R-Mass): “I can’t defend what he said, I can’t defend him… He should spend 24 hours considering what will best help the country at this critical time”
My man Aaron Blake (The Fix) tweeted: “Source: NRSC chair John Cornyn has told Todd Akin that NRSC will not spend money on him and that he is endangering GOP’s majority hopes.”
Crossroads USA (Karl Rover Super PAC) has pulled out of the Missouri Senate Race.
Todd Akin is a man without friends right now and soon to be a man without a party. I do expect him to pull out by tomorrow’s deadline.
Richard Grunell tweets: “Breaking: Senior GOP official: Akin advisors making preparations for a withdrawal tomorrow.”
Erick Erickson tweets: “Todd Akin will withdraw from the Senate race.”
MO GOP has until September 18th to nominate a candidate. There was less than 1% difference between John Brunner and Sarah Steelman.
Ben Smith of Buzzfeed reports a top Republican source told him Akin has begun moving towards ending his campaign tomorrow by 5pm, but could change his mind.
The sources cites the following as replacements: former MO Senators Jim Talent, Kit Bond, and John Ashcroft (Bush AG); former Ambassador Ann Wagner, who is running for Akin’s Congressional seat; and Auditor Tom Schewich. No mention of Brunner or Steelman.
Todd Akin tells Sean Hannity he is staying in the race. but acknowledging the deadline is tomorrow. Stay in today, maybe.