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.