U.S. Rep. Todd Akin’s remarks about “legitimate” rape now appear certain to cost the Republican millions of dollars in support from outside groups in the race’s closing days, consultants and political scientists say.
And some predicted the outside spending shortfall — estimated as high as $10 million — may end up costing him the election. Akin faces Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill on Nov. 6.
Through Monday, outside groups had spent just $6.2 million in the Missouri general election Senate race, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics, a campaign spending monitoring group.
Of that, only about $1.3 million went to help Akin.