ST. LOUIS—After enduring a 48-hour shellacking by local and national
Republican politicians, who asked him to quit his bid for the U.S.
Senate, Rep. Todd Akin fanned the flames of a grass-roots backlash from
his evangelical base Wednesday in hopes that he could change the
narrative of his troubled campaign.
Mr. Akin, attacking "the party bosses" who are calling for him to
pull out and condemning the "liberal media" for twisting his words, went
on national television Wednesday morning and defiantly vowed to stay in
the race. At the same time, his surrogates in Missouri began to spin
scenarios in which he could beat incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire
McCaskill in November.
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