NRSC might help out Akin after all

Things look different after the drop-out deadline

Published September 26, 2012 8:28PM (EDT)

Now that they're officially stuck with him, a bunch of Republicans have been, more or less reluctantly, jumping on the Todd "legitimate rape" Akin bandwagon.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is the latest to reconsider its earlier vow to shut Akin out, though last week Sen. John Cornyn, who chairs the Committee, told the Hill that they wouldn't. “We’re done,” Cornyn said.

In a statement Wednesday, Rob Jesmer, executive director of the NRSC, said that they'd "continue to monitor this race," and Akin is a "far more preferable candidate" to Claire McCaskill.

"There is no question that for Missourians who believe we need to stop the reckless Washington spending, rein-in the role of government in people's lives, and finally focus on growing jobs that Todd Akin is a far more preferable candidate than liberal Senator Claire McCaskill," Jesmer said. "As with every Republican Senate candidate, we hope Todd Akin wins in November and we will continue to monitor this race closely in the days ahead."

Rick Santorum and Sen. Jim DeMint, (R-S.C.), have put out a joint statement in support of Akin. And Newt Gingrich hosted a fundraiser for Akin on Monday.  Other Republicans, like Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, are in a stickier situation, since they were among those who had called for Akin to drop out. But Blunt said this week that though he and Akin “don’t agree on everything," he'll "be working for the Republican ticket in Missouri, and that includes Todd Akin.”

By Jillian Rayfield

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