Todd Akin’s $100,000 Day

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Alaina Carnan of Lexington, Ky., works in the Senate campaign office of Rep. Todd Akin in Chesterfield, Mo.

Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin, who’s been asked to drop out of the race by seemingly everyone in his party’s leadership, used that opposition to fuel a $100,000“ money bomb”  ‘in donations Wednesday.

His party’s presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus are among those calling for Akin to drop out after a televised interview in which he said it’s rare for women to get pregnant after a “legitimate rape.” He subsequently said that he misspoke. The NRSC and the super-PAC American Crossroads are no longer helping him.

Akin’s campaign has tried to use opposition within the party to his advantage, saying in one appeal: “Party bosses have been clear: they want nothing to do with our effort to unseat liberal Claire McCaskill,” his Democratic opponent seeking a second Senate term.

Akin started Wednesday with donations coming in at a clip of roughly $2,000 to $3,000 an hour, according to a Bloomberg Government Congress-Tracker Watch review of a rolling online donation tally posted by the campaign. Donations increased throughout the day, and he finished with more than $100,000.

He’s seeking an additional $25,000 today.


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