RAYMORE, Mo. - Protesters greeted embattled Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO) Wednesday night in Raymore during Akin's first visit to Kansas City since his controversial comments about "legitimate rape.” His event was interrupted by a women's rally at a Raymore park.
Akin said he came to Kansas City to rally support among his faithful. Akin is still a real contender in Missouri's U.S. Senate race. The pro-life candidate dropped 10 points in August after he explained his anti-abortion stance even in instances of rape.
The latest Rasmussen poll shows Akin only down by six percent to incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO). A few weeks ago McCaskill said she knew she would still have to fight for her seat, telling supporters in Independence on August 29 that voters could “choose a moderate Missourian or vote for an extreme conservative.”
Akin told Kansas Citians on Wednesday he believes he will win in November because voters and groups like the Missouri Farm Bureau have accepted his apology.
On Tuesday, the Farm Bureau issued a statement reaffirming their backing of Akin.
“During the conference calls, some of our members brought up the statement made by Congressman Akin last month; however, they accepted his apology and reaffirmed this election is still about issues such as moving our country in a better direction, getting the federal deficit under control, eliminating needless government regulations and creating more jobs,” said Blake Hurst, president of Missouri Farm Bureau in a statement on the group’s website .
Akin apologized again on Wednesday for his “legitimate rape” comments. However, women at the Raymore rally said they would not accept his apology.
Teacher Karen Zentz said that Akin's actions need to speak louder than his words.
"So you (Akin) take a woman's choice away and then when the child is here you (Akin) want to cut their (children’s) programs. You can't have it both ways," said Zentz while protesting.
Akin said he believes if the race is still close in November the Washington Republicans who pulled money out of the Missouri Senate race will come back with funding. Missouri's Senate seat is one of four up for grabs that could give Republicans a Senate majority.
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