Destination 270

SMU Students Analyze the 2012 Presidential Election

Akin’s Fundraising Woes

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If Todd Akin wins the Senate race in Missouri, it will be a miracle.  He will have proven that he can win without help from the National Republican Senatorial Committee, thereby encouraging the Tea Party to continue their support and opposition to the GOP.  He will have proven that despite McCaskill’s 7:1 fundraising dollars, he can still win with  the support of Missouri Republicans and outside groups.  But most importantly, he will have proven that a huge political gaffe, virtually attacking female voters (“legitimate rape”), was no real setback for his campaign. 

Today, Akin’s fundraising looks abysmal.  Without the financial support of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and most of the Republican party, Akin has been forced to rely on outside groups and independent expenditures.  These include: Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-S.C.) PAC, the Senate Conservatives Fund, pledging $290,000, National Right to Life PAC, Missouri Farm Bureau’s PAC, National Federation of Independent Businesses, National Rifle Association (NRA), giving $210,000,  Focus on the Family’s PAC (Citizen Link), Freedom’s Defense Fund PAC, and Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) PAC.  Akin has also received support from Tea Party representatives Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum.  

In the third quarter, McCaskill spent about $7 million, whereas Akin spent $1.6 million.  While McCaskill frantically tries to outspend Akin to gain a lead, Akin

“has sought to cast his campaign as a fight between average conservatives and the Republican elite”.

In the next few weeks, we will see if Akin’s fight for “average conservatives” is enough to overcome the cold shoulder from the GOP at-large.  Will Akin be able to rally enough support despite seemingly insurmountable odds?


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