Voters Polarized Over Akin, Who Touts $100K in Donations in Two Days

As U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin attempts to mend broken voter and political fences from Sunday's rape- and abortion-related remarks, what will it take for the Wildwood resident to get the election back on track? Maybe $100,000.

Perhaps it will take $100,000; at least that's a start for the Republican U.S. Senate candidate from who is vowing this week to take on the Republican "party bosses." Patch has been watching the Todd Akin online fundraising meter for the past two days. He wanted to raise $100,000, asking individuals to send in $3 at a time.

Last night, the Akin fundraising meter said he still needed a few thousand dollars to reach that goal. Today, Akin announced he achieved it and then asked contributors to donate another $25,000 by midnight.

At the same time, Akin's opponent, incumbent U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), issued her own challenge to supporters in response to Akin's.

"With Akin using his controversial remarks to grow his campaign and cement himself outside the mainstream, we need to use this opportunity to grow right now, too," McCaskill's campaign said in an email. "That's why I'm setting a $150,000 fundraising goal for today." 

Many of Akin's local St. Louis supporters quietly have supported him this week, even after his comments about legitimate rape and abortion immediately caught national media attention.

Republican leaders from Akin's hometown of Wildwood and other West St. Louis County cities have told Patch they know him to be a man of principle. Several have said just because he made one mistake shouldn't mean he steps out of a race for which he was elected to run in the August primary.

Public Figures are Human—How Many Times Should They Apologize for Mistakes?

As Akin's campaign website states, he is still standing. Even after his public apology on Tuesday, his site's Home page states:  "I made a mistake. What I said was ill-conceived and it was wrong and for that I apologize. I believe that working to protect the most vulnerable in our society is one of my most important responsibilities."

Akin's campaign workers quickly asked for individual financial contributions when Republican party leaders withdrew a reported $5 million of election-related funding from Missouri for the upcoming race against incumbent Claire McCaskill. His site explains a contribution-related apology in this manner:

"The people from Missouri who elected me know I’m not perfect. They don’t make perfect people. We all make mistakes. When you make a mistake you tell people you’re sorry, you don’t try and hide it. I made a mistake and I’m sorry. Unlike Claire McCaskill, I believe that working to protect the most vulnerable in our society is one of my most important responsibilities, and that includes protecting both the unborn and victims of sexual assault. We must move forward and work together to replace Claire McCaskill in the Senate. But I can't do this alone... I need your help."



Tom Maher August 24, 2012 at 07:27 PM
"Thomas Jefferson" (oh, sure you are... wink-wink...) - where is this "communist [sic] country"? What has China or Vietnam to do with this scenario?
D. Walker August 24, 2012 at 07:43 PM
PS01, When King Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon besieged Jerusalem, did God require or expect His children from Isreal to attempt to change that government or was the example given to us that God approved of, personal individual responsibility for His children to abide by His laws as they had personal control to do by not personally taking part in the things under that government that were contrary to their faith? Read book of Daniel. Does any of the examples given us under the new convenant give the example of the disciples or followers of Jesus going into areas under worldly governments trying to change government or change hearts of people by hearing the Gospel of Jesus? By the way, according to Scripture, God's Word (Holy Bible) ALL world governments are under the influence of Satan and it is written such will continue to be until the end when Jesus returns and establish the new government under His rule. The only thing that has changed from under the Old Convenant to the New Convenant concerning this is the responsible of Christians to make certain that they are telling others the Gospel about Jesus. God has never given us the example that His children is to atempt to change what He has already spoken can never change and will always be, (worldly governments under Satan's influence). Why do supposedly Christians such as yourself and those others who call yourselves The Conservative Religious Right so zealously work so hard doing the work of Satan?
D. Walker August 24, 2012 at 07:52 PM
PS01, By the way, there has never been a law passed within this government or any other that has not been corrupted with the influences of Satan. Gun laws, criminal laws, civil laws, social welfare laws, etc..., and yes even the Healthcare Bill that you call ObamaCare, we all witnessed the devil's influence in the attempts to put together a healthcare bill.
Tom Maher August 24, 2012 at 07:57 PM
That Akin guy, he be humpin' for the 2nd, that's fer shure... Actually, he DID sponsor a bill for some years - an important piece protecting the phrase about "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance; of course, while being introduced by Akin in four consecutive Congresses, it has never passed the Senate (he slacked off this year with nio introduction). Those heathen librul Senators, you know... Of course, this "good Xtian man" called out those who believed in liberalism as having "a hatred in for God." How warm - I am castigated and have a heavy heart - right...
Sensible? I think so August 24, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Good point. (I just listed his legislative successes. I can't fit his 48 others into 1500 words :-) I wonder if his legislative record had any influence on his party's reaction to him earlier this week.


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