Last week, we brought you an interesting tidbit of news — that former Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO) was considering another Senate run in 2016. Alas, those rumors have been put to rest today.
Akin told as much to the Associated Press on Monday: “In response to various questions: I will not be running for the U.S. Senate in 2016.”
The chatter started last week when Akin told The Hill that he had not ruled out a challenge to Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO).
“I think there is a high level of dissatisfaction among conservatives, that they have to some degree been pushed out of the Republican Party,” he said. “The sentiment is there. The Tea Party is skeptical and wants some fresh blood, not just the same establishment guys.”
Akin, if you’ll remember, was poised to un-seat Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill in the very conservative state of Missouri — that is, until he made some controversial comments about “legitimate rape” and never really backed away from them. As a result, Akin was denounced by even some of the most dedicated conservatives and McCaskill won re-election.
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