McCaskill Invokes Akin One More Time To Retire Campaign Debt

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., sent out an email appeal to potential donors over the weekend that asked them to dig down a bit to help her eliminate her remaining debt. As part of her pitch, McCaskill called Todd Akin – who she defeated by 15 percentage points – “one of the worst candidates in the country.”

 

Posted in Campaign Coverage, Missouri Senate race

McCaskill, Akin Both Ended Campaign In Debt.

Missouri’s high-profile U.S. Senate contest has ended with both major-party candidates reporting campaign debt of well over $200,000 apiece after jointly spending more than $25 million – a likely state record for the office. McCaskill outspent Akin 3-1. Read Jo Mannies’s report in the St. Louis Beacon.

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GOP Quietly Provided Late Financial Surge For Akin, But To No Avail

Despite officially backing away from controversial U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin, the National Republican Senatorial Committee provided $760,000 to the Missouri Republican Party in early November to help boost  Akin’s Missouri campaign.

Read Chris McDaniel’s story for St. Louis Public Radio.

Read the report in Politico.

Posted in Campaign Coverage, Missouri Senate race

Akin Takes on Jamie Foxx As He Seeks To Pay Off Campaign Debt

Unsuccessful Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Todd Akin is attracting national attention over his latest fundraising appeal that blasts actor Jamie Foxx for jokingly calling  President Barack Obama “our lord and savior.” Read Jo Mannies’ report in the St. Louis Beacon.

Posted in Campaign Coverage, Missouri Senate race

In An Increasingly Red State, How Did The GOP Lose In Missouri?

U.S. Senate results by county as compiled by KBIA-FM in Columbia, Mo.

The average Democratic win in Missouri’s statewide races was nearly 10 percentage points. And this was with the Republican presidential candidate carrying the state by a large margin. How did a party that was so seemingly set up to succeed, fail at the statewide level?

Read and listen to Chris McDaniel’s report for St. Louis Public Radio.

Posted in Campaign Coverage, Missouri Governor's race, Missouri Senate race

Akin Talks Turkey And Seeks Financial Stuffing As Days In Office Dwindle

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Wildwood, took to the floor of the House Thursday to deliver one last ode to his favorite fall topic: the Pilgrims.Later Thursday, Akin’s campaign sent out a missive for donations to pay off the debt he piled up in his unsuccessful senate campaign. Read Jo Mannies’ report.

Posted in Campaign Coverage, Missouri Senate race

Washington Post: Akin’s Commercial Leads The Pack Of Epically Bad Ads

Todd Akin’s apology ad after his rape remark is rated the worst of the campaign season. Really? Look at the others in the list and decide for yourself. Read the column in the Washington Post.

Posted in Campaign Coverage, Missouri Senate race

Behind The Scenes: The GOP’s Desperate Effort To Get Akin Out Of The Senate Race

In the aftermath of the election, Gannett Washington correspondent Deirdre Shesgreen interviewed key stakeholders in the GOP’s unsuccessful effort to get Todd Akin to drop out of the U.S. Senate race. Particularly interesting: the role that Sen. Roy Blunt played as the drama unfolded. Read her report.

(Note: Some of you contacted Beyond November on Tuesday to report that you had difficulty accessing this story without going through a paywall. We suggest that you type the following words into your search engine: How Blunt got caught up in the Akin storm. This should bring you to a link that will work for the story that appeared in the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader.)

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Nixon, Starting His Last Term As Governor, Faces Questions About His Future

Nixon in Wentzville during the fall campaign.

It hasn’t even been a week since his latest election victory, but Gov. Jay Nixon is already batting away queries about his next move. He is term-limited as governor as of 2016. Some say he could then face off with GOP U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt. Read Jason Rosenbaum’s report in the St. Louis Beacon.

 

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The Stylish McCaskill Daughters Interviewed In New York Magazine

Lily (left) and Maddie Esposito, Claire McCaskill’s daughters.

The McCaskill daugthers, Lily and Maddie, do not share their mom’s last name. That’s one of the first things you learn from the New York Magazine interview with the duo, one a recent graduate from the New School and the other a student at Hunter College, both in NYC. Read the interview.

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