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Despite "Legitimate Rape" Comment, Senate GOP Financially Supported Todd Akin

Political hypocrisy? Really? Color me shocked:
The National Republican Senatorial Committee quietly sent $760,000 to the Missouri Republican Party in early November, just as the state GOP was mounting a last-minute TV ad blitz to boost Rep. Todd Akin’s sagging Senate campaign, according to records released Thursday.

The NRSC funds appear to have helped pay for the pro-Akin TV ads as he was struggling to narrow Sen. Claire McCaskill’s lead at the polls. The disclosure is highly significant because the Senate GOP campaign committee promised to abandon Akin after failing to push the conservative congressman out of the race following his August declaration that “legitimate rape” rarely leads to pregnancies because female bodies often shut down.

The NRSC declined to comment Thursday night.

When asked in September if the committee would consider reversing course and backing Akin, Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the NRSC chairman, flatly told POLITICO, “We’re done.” Akin was thus left without potentially millions of dollars in financial support he would have received from the NRSC in his challenge to McCaskill.

But as November began, Senate Republicans were facing a crisis. The once-bright 2012 landscape had shifted on them. Instead of winning a Senate majority, they were fighting to keep seats. McCaskill, once seen as the most vulnerable Democratic incumbent, was leading Akin by a solid margin in the polls.

As the Missouri Senate race dragged on and Akin made up some ground in the contest, the NRSC was in a quandary: Does it stick to its word and hope Akin could rebound on his own? Or should it flip-flop and send an infusion of cash into the race in a last-ditch bid to save his campaign?

Now it appears to have been the latter, certain to give fodder to Democrats eager to hit Senate Republicans on hypocrisy charges.
Todd Akin: the gift that just keeps on giving (to Democrats).