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Red Arch Survey: More Support For Todd Akin To Stay In Senate Race

The latest Patch Red Arch survey returns focus to the closely-watched U.S. Senate race in Missouri.

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin's support for staying in the Missouri U.S. Senate race as the GOP nominee has grown in the time since the Republican made controversial comments about

That's the biggest finding in the latest Patch "Red Arch" survey, a non-scientific project asking Republican activists questions tied to current issues in the 2012 election cycle. More than 60 people were invited to participate and 35 responded.

Sixty percent said yes when asked, "Should Congressman Akin remain in the U.S. Senate Race?"

Akin has since apologized for the remarks as they related to rape and pregnancy, and has fought off attempts by party leaders, including presidential nominee Mitt Romney, to step down.

When asked if Democrat Claire McCaskill's Republican Party opponent for the U.S. Senate will be Todd Akin and there will be no GOP-backed third party candidate in the race, 60 percent strongly agreed, with another 22.9 percent somewhat agreeing.

Candidates in Missouri have until Sept. 25 to take their names off the ballot with a court order, which as The New York Times reported could be contested by the Missouri Secretary of State or any local election authority.

Monday A.M. Update: The St. Louis Beacon reports that deadline is actually more like Sept. 21 in reality. 

Akin has been working in the weeks since the controversy erupted to show he can still raise the money needed to make it to election day without the backing of outside groups like Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS, or the national Republican Party, whose chairman said at the GOP convention that the party wouldn't support Akin's bid "even if he were tied" in the polls.

So how is Akin doing with his party in the horse race, with under 60 days left before election day?

When asked to give their opinion on the question, "If the election were held today, Claire McCaskill would defeat Todd Akin," 51.5 percent disagreed in some way, while 48.6 percent agreed in some fashion.

The Red Arch/Blue Arch Survey 

Patch political surveys are not a scientific random sample of any larger population, but rather an effort to listen to a swath of influential local Republican and Democratic activists, party leaders and elected officials in Missouri. All of these individuals have agreed to participate in the surveys, although not all responded to this week's questions. Interviews for this poll were conducted the week of Sept. 4. 

Patch will be conducting Red Arch and Blue Arch surveys throughout 2012 in hopes of determining the true sentiment of conservatives, liberals and moderates on the ground in Missouri.

If you are an activist, party leader or elected official and would like to take part in a bi-weekly survey that lasts just a few minutes, please email Gregg.Palermo@patch.com.

The Red Arch Roster:

Ruth Springer (former Olivette Mayor), Frederic Steinbach (former Chesterfield Mayor), Randy Jotte (Candidate for Congress), Katy Forand (Gravois Township Committeewoman) Scott Rupp (State Senator/Secretary of State Candidate), Rick Stokes (Wentzville Alderman/State Rep. Candidate), Charlie Hinderliter (State Legislative campaign manager), Mark Parkinson (State Rep.), Chrissy Sommer (State Rep.), Jon Bennett (St. Charles Township Committeeman), Eugene Dokes (Chairman of St. Charles County Republican Central Committee), Chuck Gross (former State Senator), Cheryl Bates (St. Charles Young Republicans President), Penny Henke (St. Charles County Republican Central Committeewoman), Joe Cronin (St. Charles County Council), Terry Hollander (St. Charles County Council), Mike Nunnery (Republican voter), Jim Pepper (O'Fallon City Council), David Blanke (Lewis & Clark Republican Township Committeeman), Robyn Hamlin (Candidate for Congress), Don Bickowski (Jefferson County Council member), Linda Van De Riet (Jefferson County Republican Central Committee member), Renee Reuter (Jefferson County Council Member), D.J. Cully (Jefferson County Council candidate), Roy W. Sims (High Ridge Township Republican committeeman candidate), Celeste Witzel (GOP Committeewoman for the Oakville Township), Alan Leaderbrand (GOP Committeeman for the Lemay Township), Kourtney Lamb (President of the Brentwood Young Republicans), Dennis Broadbooks , (Wild Horse Township), Eileen Tyrrell (Meramec Township Member), Judy Hon (Chesterfield Township Committeewoman), Anne Gassel (Wild Horse Township Committeewoman), Chris Howard (Lafayette Township Committeeman/Convention Delegate), Kevin Rejent (Election Attorney), Richard C. Rowe (Republican voter), Rekha Sharma (State Rep. Candidate), Darin Morley (Reboot Congress blogger), Mark Zinn (GOP Consultant), Cynthia Davis (candidate for Lt. Governor), Sue Allen (State Rep.), Claire Chosid (Republican voter), John Diehl (State Rep.), Lee Presser (blogger/tv host), Ed Martin (Attorney General candidate), Carl Bearden (Former State Rep/Exec. Dir. United for Missouri), Michael Morton (Regional Political Director/Ann Wagner campaign), Christopher Brooks (Candidate For County Central Committee), Marsha Haefner (State Rep.), Cloria Brown (State Rep.), Philip Scherry (Rock Hill Alderman), Derek Michael Spencer (Regional Political Director/Brad Lager For Lt. Gov.), Brian Spencer (State Rep. candidate), Catherine Dreher (Candidate for Committeewoman candidate), Annette Read (Candidate, Missouri River Township GOP Committeewoman), Chris Gard (State Rep. candidate), Anthony Pousosa (St. Louis County Council candidate), Kit Crancer (Chief of Staff, State Senator Jane Cunningham), Cole McNary (Candidate for State Treasurer), Michael Burr (Creve Coeur Township Committee Candidate), Maria Burr (Creve Coeur Township Committee Candidate), Bill Stouffer (Candidate for Secretary of State), Tyler Holyfield (State Rep. Candidate), David Wissler (Gravois Township Committee candidate), Pat Walker (Maryland Heights Township Committee candidate), Maggie Walker (Maryland Heights Township Committee candidate), Scott Pinkham (Boone Township Committee candidate), Teresa Douglas (Lemay Township committee candidate), Larry McGowen (Wildwood City Council), Marc Perez (former State Rep. candidate)

Susan B. Anthony September 14, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Very well put, son. (Akin is a, Oh my, we really must do something about your name.) My dear Mr. Revere, I am deeply sorry for having to break the news to you, but the purpose of public education is not to benefit you personally. It is to benefit our great society as a whole! Even if you or your children elect (I so love to use that word!) to not take advantage of our public education opportunities, you still have the duty (I say, privilege!) of funding those opportunities for all. Our great society has a long, long history of encouraging public education, reaching all the way back to the Northwest Ordinance of 1787. You remember that document, I trust.
V. Scheurich September 14, 2012 at 07:39 PM
No marines for Libyan Ambassador who was killed, embassies worldwide ordered to use rubber bullets and now we have WH advisor Valerie Jarrett going on vacation during this period......with a full blown security detail. Today we mourn the loss of 4 Americans and this administration is taking vacations. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/09/14/valerie-jarrett-pat-caddell-libyan-embassy
PaulRevere September 14, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Akin is a- A liberal society ignores the cost of any service. Because it's hidden. Need for a public school system, is to educate the poor and needy. That is a good cause , and I am 100% for that. That was the public Education system of past. Not today! You say----"I have no children, yet that does not excuse me from paying my share of school taxes, as it benefits society at large and ultimately me personally" (well , you have no choice!) Let me respond by changing just a 2 words--- "I HAVE children, yet that does not excuse me from paying my share of "accredited-EDUCATION", as it benefits society at large and ultimately me personally etc". You are conditioned to automatically support an overpriced Service. It has nothing to do with the "benefits of Education". Because the benefits of Education are the same---Private or Public. Maybe you would feel the affects of Public education real cost, IF YOU HAD TO PAY YOUR REAL SHARE --that Sir, is $10,000 per year in many school districts. ARE YOU WILLING to write a $10,000 annual check for Public education today. That is YOUR fair share. Or would you rather wait until you actually have a child to educate? Or are you so uninformed that public education is out of control, when compared to the same education available elsewhere. Pay for real Public education cost. Go ahead, but I already have an "education cost". Why should anybody pay twice for the same Service.???? Unless you are an Educator.
Robert Meyer September 14, 2012 at 07:51 PM
THE ONLY I SAY IS AIRECLAIRE SUPORTS OBAMA AND WENT AGAINST THE MISSOURI VOTERS WHEN WE SAID WE DID NOT WANT OBMA CARE SHE WILL PLAY HELL GETTING MY VOTE NO MATTER THE OPONENT!
Devon Seddon September 14, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Sensible What do I care who is offended by that? It's your ideology that makes those things true, not mine. I'm just pointing it out. Nice PC-deflection though.
PaulRevere September 14, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Susan B: Public Education does Not "benefit society as a whole". "ACCREDITED-EDUCATION" benefits society as a whole. It could be Private or Trade school or whatever this State approves as "ACCREDITED EDUCATION". I am sure the history of Education needs always recognized that there will always be those who need Financial help for a decent education. So declaring "Public Education" as the education we should support ignores the COST factor of those who choose to Pay for "non-public school education" Your household spending allocates so much for entertainment and food etc. All households allocate so much for "EDUCATION". You can offer No plausible reason why our Society should "Force" any parent to 1st allocate to "Public Education" and take that money away from a choice. This whole country would be irate, as they are indirectly paying $10,000 per child to pay for Public schools. You would not write a $10,000 for Public education and another $10,000 check for Non-public school Education. Would you?!!!!!! So don't give me any 1700's history. I'm talking today. (Teaching was a Vocation---Teaching today is a Racket) Our whole public education cost today is "for the Teachers" (over 75%) That is very simply "stealing Education dollars". That stealing education dollars is Directly responsible for stealing the financial ability of many families to send their children to their schools of choice. That is why we need massive changes.
Devon Seddon September 14, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Sorry RD, Not only are you going back to one number, when there are MANY numbers to consider. I showed you before when you attempted to claim that Obama wanted to lower corporate taxes, where his stance is on raising or lowering taxes. http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/economic-intelligence/2012/04/02/worlds-highest-corporate-tax-rate-hurts-us-economically http://taxfoundation.org/article/countdown-over-were-1 http://www.moneynews.com/StreetTalk/US-Corporate-Tax-Rate/2012/04/02/id/434548 http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/breakout/u-companies-not-pay-world-highest-taxes-rate-152854532.html http://blog.heritage.org/2012/03/30/no-fooling-u-s-now-has-highest-corporate-tax-rate-in-the-world/ http://articles.businessinsider.com/2012-04-02/markets/31273366_1_oecd-corporate-tax-rate-percentage-points You make being perpetually-wrong somehow an artform... The perfect liberal, I guess, but remind me not to hire you as custodian.
Susan B. Anthony September 14, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Dear, dear, dear. Mr. Revere, call public education "ACCREDITED-EDUCATION" if you desire, as long you are not, what is the term, moving the post goals on me. Oh, oh, goalposts. You missed my point. We ALL have the duty to fund education opportunities for all. That has nothing to do with YOUR choices. That is why they are called taxes! If you don't like what the schools are teaching, you can vote in a different school board. But you still have to fund them. That is why they are called taxes! If you choose to use private schools, buy a Hupmobile, travel the world by steamship or by rail, or whatever your heart desires, my best wishes to you, dear. Spend your money as you would like and enjoy your choices. After you pay your taxes, your money is yours alone. I certainly do not want to pay for your private "schools" that would indoctrinate our precious young ones in ways that I certainly would not approve of. Heavens. Can I opt out of some of my taxes? I don't much like what that rascal W. (William McKinley in my day, Dubya in yours) does with his foreign affairs and it hits me right in my pocketbook (to this very day!). Of course not.
Akin is a Jerk September 15, 2012 at 05:12 AM
@PaulRevere your argument makes NO sense. <I> pay all of my taxes, how am I NOT aware of how much I am spending. My CHOICE is to not have children, therefore the $10K or whatever I am spending is to bring YOUR ignorant children to a minimum standard. If YOU choose to "educate" aka indoctrinate them elsewhere it is incumbent upon YOU to finance that. I want the most dirt poor children to be articulate, able to read and write in English, versed in the basics of math and able to think critically. If YOU wish to inject theology, hocus pocus, Druidism, Droidism or whatever, that is your business and your place to finance. Just as I must finance the education of the ignorant unwashed masses despite not contributing my seed to the fray. Please. Try. To. Use. Logic.
Bye Bye Romney September 15, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Obama Erases Romney’s Edge on Economy (NY Times today): President Obama has taken away Mitt Romney’s longstanding advantage as the candidate voters say is most likely to restore the economy and create jobs, according to the latest poll by The New York Times and CBS News, which found a modest sense of optimism among Americans that White House policies are working. Romney's budget required taxing everyone making $100k/year or more and Romney said "That's not in the cards". Voters are seeing that his economic policy and projections are nothing but dreams. Romney is still dreaming.
Sensible? I think so September 15, 2012 at 01:47 PM
And how will Romneycare be different from Obamacare?
Akin is a Jerk September 15, 2012 at 02:00 PM
@Sensible...Romneycare starts with an "R" and bears the "Romney" stamp of approval. Atkin believes in "doesn't care" or he would not be wasting his time with nonsense legislation and his own interpretation of the Bible and instead focus on being a real leader. @ Robert please make note of the caps lock button on the left, I believe you have it on. Spell check is a better friend than cap lock.
PaulRevere September 15, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Bye BYe: Romney's budget is Tax everyone making $100K or more? Who does Obama want to Tax? Is it those making over $250K? What about Obama's Affordable Health Care--TAX! Well it's a TAX on EVERY employer in the US. Be assured that TAX will bankrupt many employers who cannot afford your job and enormous HealthTAX. Obama will rasise ALL Medicare TAXES starting 2013 (That's a tax on everyone that makes over $106,000. It is unlimited--It goes up from 2.9% to 5% TAX -DOUBLED! Now how is that for comparing OBAMA TAX to Romney Tax. People , Obama has Taxes Galore on this Country "Disguised" as Health care reform. Even the Supreme court called it a TAX. Hear me! The Largest TAX increases in History are coming For All Society , if you elect Obama.
PaulRevere September 15, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Sensible: Romneycare does not exist for America. It was actually Ted Kennedy-care in Mass. state.(ONLY MASS RESIDENTS USE IT) Romney was the Governor and signed the Law pased by the Mass Congress. That Law is a disaster in Mass. (Romney knows that) With that experience , Romney would completely discard Obamacare, because Romney knows that it will be a disater in All Of America. Romneycare for the USA will actually be voted by the congress. It will be truly a bi-partisan DEM-GOP agreement for ALL the People, not just a few. Need proof of how bad Obamacare is? Well over 3,000 unions and favored Democrats are exempted from participating in Obamacare. Why did they opt-out. The rest of the People are all Forced to join and PAY THE TAX. How's that for a major difference in Romneycare vs Obamacare. How would you like to share Mass Monthly Health insurance premiums with Missouri's Health premiums. Need some help! MASS individuals pay $33,000 per year for Health insurance. Missouri individuals pay about $12,000 per year. OBAMA CARE will cost every Missourian $20,000 more to share MASS Health insurance. That is why USA cannot have Universal Coverage for all states. That would bankrupt Missouri residents. AKIN has zero affect on any of that law. He is only one vote. McCaskill will guarantee an eventual universal health tax that will cost YOU& Missouri taxpayers Billions. (especially when NY Calif average $36,000 premiums are shared)
Maureen Wheat September 15, 2012 at 11:14 PM
NO to Claircare---The MO populus does NOT support BOcare, and she went AGAINST Missouri for the vote that carried the agenda item. NO TO MCCASKILL. under any circumstances.
Maureen Wheat September 15, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Hello ANONYMOUS----Have you ever listened to "Sympathy for the Devil" by the Stones? It would be a brief, shallow comfort for you to hear the exact lyrics.
Maureen Wheat September 15, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Not to 'cold-hose' the dog fights here, but the original topic was AKIN. He REMAINS the lesser of evils. Claire was the deciding vote on the nationally unpopular, nationally bankrupting plan to socialize medicine. Claire does NOT represent Missouri---on the top issues--small business economics that will be devastated by BO-care, and her 'over the top' vote to implement BO-care.
Maureen Wheat September 15, 2012 at 11:40 PM
@ AKIN IS A JERK----- all this going on, and your concern is a discretionary use of textual options? IF HE WANTS TO POST IN ALL CAPS, AND THAT THROWS YOU OFF, THEN PLEASE---DICTATE TO SOMEONE MORE SENSIBLE ABOUT THE SUBJECT MATTER; let them bear your viscerally based rant response to text type. Honestly, you give yourself away: Internationals who post with ESL often use all caps to insure accuracy. The style of text does not change their thought concept. So, chill good brother....love, maureen
Sensible? I think so September 16, 2012 at 03:31 PM
How will whatever "Romneycare for the USA" is be different from Obamacare? Rather than waste a media opportunity this week on "Meet the Press", why did Gov. Romney not tell us? This was one of the turning points in the campaign, I believe. He could have told us, but didn't. "Romneycare for the USA will actually be voted by the congress." The Affordable Care Act wasn't? " It will be truly a bi-partisan DEM-GOP agreement for ALL the People, not just a few." There is nothing to have stopped any member of the U.S. Congress from introducing such legislation, even after the Affordable Care Act became law. Show me.
Sensible? I think so September 16, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Good point, the original topic was Rep. Akin. Let's talk about his legislative record. What legislation has he introduced in 12 years that has been signed into law? How's he do on the bipartisan front? Does he accomplish things with members of the other party? How about his own party? Does he work hard for us? What percentage of votes did he miss in his last quarter in the House? What has Rep. Akin done for small business?
Sensible? I think so September 16, 2012 at 05:00 PM
"It was actually Ted Kennedy-care in Mass. state." "Romney was the Governor and signed the Law pased by the Mass Congress." So Sen. Kennedy forced Gov. Romney to sign? Or dId Gov. Romney think he was signing something else? Or?
PaulRevere September 16, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Sensible writes: "It was actually Ted Kennedy-care in Mass. state." "Romney was the Governor and signed the Law pased by the Mass Congress." So Sen. Kennedy forced Gov. Romney to sign? Or dId Gov. Romney think he was signing something else? Or? Now Paul R writes in response: Ted Kennedy did force Governor Romney to sign the Mass health law. It is a disaster!. Blame Ted Kennedy! Otherwise, Stop blaming Bush for all of this Obama Admin signed laws passed by his own Democratic congress. We are not safer today than we were "last week". The worst foreign policy downtrend in American History. Talk about inheriting a mess on Nov 6th 2012. Todd Akin would stop the Senate from giving a repeat-Obama fiasco! Just that vote alone saves our country from further declines.
Sensible? I think so September 16, 2012 at 07:06 PM
"Ted Kennedy did force Governor Romney to sign" Horsepuckey. No one was holding a gun to Gov. Romney's head. Either he signed it or he didn't, end of story. Would Gov. Romney ask for Do-Overs if elected president?
Sensible? I think so September 20, 2012 at 10:10 PM
"Let's talk about his legislative record." That always seems to end the conversation. KSDK has scheduled a debate for Oct. 18. I wonder if I'll learn anything from that.
William Braudis September 20, 2012 at 10:33 PM
For you who write questions concerning the work that Akins has done over the years look at these Bills where he was involved. Session Sponsored Co-sponsored 112 9 99 111 10 273 110 13 322 109 8 268 108 2 42 107 3 114
Sensible? I think so September 21, 2012 at 01:25 AM
There's a lot more to a legislative record that those numbers. See comments near the beginning of this thread about the quality of those sponsored bills. And missing 85% of his votes in one quarter? Really.
Maureen Wheat September 21, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Anyone but McCaskill.
Maureen Wheat September 21, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Your post represents my sentiments also. thank you.
Sensible? I think so September 29, 2012 at 01:15 AM
You're quite welcome.
Sensible? I think so September 29, 2012 at 01:15 AM
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