Karl Rove predicts record loss for Todd Akin



Karl Rove thinks Akin will lose big.
  • Karl Rove thinks Akin will lose big.
Perhaps this isn't too shocking, given that his super PAC bailed on embattled Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin, but Karl Rove told Politico today that he thinks Akin will suffer a record-setting defeat to Sen. Claire McCaskill. At the beginning of the Republican National Convention, Rove told Politico that Akin hasn't responded well to the controversy sparked by Akin's comments that "legitimate rape" rarely causes pregnancy, and Missouri voters will reject him.

“I know Todd. He’s a good man. He has a good heart,” Rove told Politico. “But he said a real stupid, indefensible thing from which there’s no recovery. And if he really cares about the values of conservatism and pro-life, then he will not go down in defeat with the biggest loss of any Republican candidate for Senate in the modern history.”

Meanwhile, Politico also reports that Missouri's delegates in Tampa are irked by many Republicans — including Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan — calling for Akin to drop out. Delegate John Putnam of Carthage said, “I think [Romney] needs to rescind that, retract that. I think [RNC Chairman] Reince Priebus and [Sen.] Roy Blunt and all the people need to support the candidate that the folks from Missouri nominated and picked in the primary. I think the GOP party bosses that are trying to drum him out are creating a bigger split in the party than Todd Akin is."

Priebus, though, isn't listening to their complaints. The AP reports that Priebus said Akin could have cost the party the opportunity to win the Senate.

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