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Akin Faces Uphill Battle in Senate Race

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Claire McCaskill, Todd Akin.  (Getty Images)

Claire McCaskill, Todd Akin. (Getty Images)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Republican Rep. Todd Akin has until one week from today to end his run for the U.S. Senate.

But there are few, if any, signs that he’ll do so.

After he withstood the initial blast of criticism and calls from his own party right up to Mitt Romney to leave the race, it’s unlikely Akin will drop out now.

That’s according to Dave Robertson, politicial science professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

“He will get a pretty healthy base vote, the question is, who will get those independent-minded people, the moderate people, the people who can still swing in one direction or another,” Robertson said.

And that’s where Robertson says Akin is really at a disadvantage due to all the campaign funding that dried up in the wake of the controversy.

“But if he’s elected, it will say a lot both in Missouri and nationally, about the positions he’s taking.”

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