Rep. Todd Akin confirmed Monday that he has spoken with a super PAC that could provide crucial dollars for his impoverished U.S. Senate campaign — but said he doesn’t yet know whether the group will come to his aid.
The Republican congressman from St. Louis is flying nearly solo as he runs against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, but it’s highly unlikely that he’ll drop out of the race before the final deadline Tuesday, especially now that the Senate Conservatives Fund has indicated it may support him after all.
Founded by South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, the Fund has raised more than $11 million for other Senate candidates.
An official said the group is seriously considering whether to help Mr. Akin out, the Associated Press reported Monday.
That could be a huge boost to Mr. Akin’s finances — and his campaign’s morale. The congressman was dumped by his national party last month after claiming that rape victims are unlikely to become pregnant.
Things also looked brighter for Mr. Akin on Monday as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich joined him for two fundraisers. Along with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Mr. Gingrich is one of just a handful of leading Republicans who have not asked Mr. Akin to step down.
But Mr. Gingrich predicted that will soon change.
“There’s no poll that shows this race is impossible,” he said. “I believe by mid-October all of them (Republican supporters) will be in.”