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Women for Todd Akin hope to change his image

11:05 PM, Sep 18, 2012   |    comments
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By Casey Nolen

Chesterfield, MO (KSDK) -- He's dropped in the polls and has been pressured to drop-out of Missouri's U.S. Senate race after his controversial comments on rape and pregnancy. But Tuesday night, it was women showing their support for Todd Akin.

Akin worked a room full of female supporters at the kick-off for a group calling itself "Missouri Women Standing with Todd Akin."

The group heard from a range of women supporting Akin, from a single mother to long-time conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly.

The organization challenged women in the audience to talk to other women about the man they know Akin to be -- hoping to change what they feel is an unfair image he has with women voters.

"The war on women is, it is pornography, it is sex trafficking, it is abortion," Heather Kesselring with Missouri Women Standing with Todd Akin told the crowd of about 200.

"And it is time say, 'Todd Akin understand these issues and he is ready to go fight for women like nobody else,'" said Kesselring to cheers from the crowd.

"Democrats tend to have an advantage among female voters," says KSDK NewsChannel 5 Political Analyst Dave Robertson. "But, that advantage tends to be stronger among single, younger women. So there are a large number of married women, older women who are more likely to vote for Republicans. Akin needs to tap in to that block," says Robertson.

Caitlin Legacki, the campaign communications director for Akin's opponent incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill, said in an email Tuesday, "Todd Akin's positions are so extreme, he would outlaw common forms of birth control, including The Pill, and would ban the morning after pill for rape victims. That just goes too far."

Akin did not take questions at the event.


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