ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Democratic incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill discussed a wide range of issues with KMOX’s Mark Reardon this afternoon.

Among the topics were polls prior to the primary that showed her trailing any of the GOP candidates, including Tuesday’s victor Todd Akin.

McCaskill pointed to the 12 to 13 million dollars worth of negative ads that have been run against her since October, saying she hasn’t responded to them.

“There are clearly these outside groups who thought they could come into Missouri and run a whole lot of negative ads for an awful long time and get me to the point that I could not compete for this seat once the primary was finished,” McCaskill said. “I think there was a poll that came out today, Mark, that said we’re basically tied.”

A Mason Dixon Poll from last July for KMOV and the Post Dispatch gives Akin a five point lead, a statistical tie with a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points. McCaskill’s campaign says a poll called “Missouri Scout” shows her with 46.8% support to Akin’s 47.7%. The poll was conducted August 8 of 663 registered voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8%.

Sen. McCaskill’s reelection campaign launched a new statewide ad on Friday which attempts to paint Akin as a far-right conservative with extreme positions.


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