KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Missouri Senate Candidate Todd Akin set off a firestorm with his comments about "legitimate rape," and as of Monday night, the calls for him to bow out of the U.S. Senate race are growing louder.
While Akin still leads Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill in the polls, many in his own party want him out. The GOP even threatened to cut funding to his campaign.
But local political analyst Steve Glorioso isn't counting him out quite yet.
"It's no secret that Todd Akin was against abortion even in the case of rape and incest," Glorioso explained. "A lot of Republicans have that position."
On Monday afternoon, Akin's staffers tweeted that he is in the race to win it and included a link to donate. Glorioso said Akin might still have a shot, even without support from the GOP.
"The grassroots of the Republican party and the Tea Party people may setup and just flood his campaign treasury with money," he said.
As of Monday night, a new Public Policy Polling survey showed that -- despite his controversial comments -- Akin was still technically leading McCaskill 44 percent to 43 percent in a statistical dead heat.
While 75 percent of Missouri voters said they believe Akin's comments were inappropriate, they still plan to vote along party lines.
If Akin does drop out, some of the possible replacements being talked include his primary opponents John Brunner and Sarah Steelman; Jim Talent; Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich; Missouri Congressman Blaine Luetkmeyer and Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson.
But Glorioso doesn't believe it will come to that. He sees the same grassroots supporters who took Akin from third to first in the primary as making all the difference.
"(What) is as good as money in politics is a dedicated, hardcore group of people and Todd Akin has that," he said.
Glorioso believes that if Akin holds out for a couple more days until the political spotlight moves to the national conventions, he could get enough time to lay low and figure out how to stage a comeback.
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