Allison Blood, KMOX News

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – While Planned Parenthood is collecting signatures calling for Senate hopeful Todd Akin to step out of the race, another group commissioned a poll that shows he’s still ahead of his opponent by three points.

That group is the Family Research Council, who have been donating to and supporting Akin since the primary. Council President Tony Perkins defended the study, saying Wenzel Strategies, the company that conducted the poll, is very reliable. Perkins said the poll surveyed about 1,200 people that he categorized as a sample of the “most likely voters.” The poll shows Akin at 45 percent, with incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill at 42 percent, and a three percent margin of error.

“This race is very, very tight and is going to be neck and neck,” he said. “What this poll shows is Todd is anything but out of it.”

Last week, polls from Rasmussen and Mason-Dixon showed McCaskill ahead by 10 and 9 percentage points respectively. Perkins chalked that up to media attention.

“He bottomed out, and now he’s on his way back up,” Perkins said.

McCaskill has been quick to denounce most polls that show her with a strong lead. She has also been refusing to comment on Akin’s decision to stay in the race following his comments about “legitimate rape.”


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