GOP Senator: Akin's Race Isn't "Winnable"

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Sept. 28 2012 11:20 AM

The GOP Doesn't Know What To Do With Todd Akin

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Tex., is interviewed after leaving the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., after the morning session March 27, 2012
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Tex., is interviewed after leaving the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., after the morning session March 27, 2012

Photograph by Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images.

The powerful National Republican Senatorial Committee is throwing in the towel in Missouri. Well, at least according to its chairman.

Here's the Louisville Courier-Journal (h/t Politico's Alexander Burns):

Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said on Thursday that he does not intend to put money into the race of controversial Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin.
“We have no plans to do so,” Cornyn told The Courier-Journal in an interview just a short time ago. “I just think that this is not a winnable race,” he said. “We have to make tough calculations based on limited resources and where to allocate it, where it will have the best likelihood of electing a Republican senator.”

Cornyn's comments come only days after the NRSC put out a statement suggesting that—despite previous promises that it wouldn't spend a dime to help Akin compete against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill—it would keep tabs on the race and may still get involved. While Akin appears unlikely to get the support of the GOP Senate establishment, he nonetheless has found an increasing number of Republican figures slowing getting back onboard with his campaign.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 



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