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Missouri's Blunt: Voters want change in Senate; Akin could win

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Sen. Roy Blunt said Sunday that Missouri voters are so fed up with the status quo in the Senate that Rep. Todd Akin may win his race against Sen. Claire McCaskill, the Democratic incumbent, in spite of the congressman’s controversial “legitimate rape” comment.

“Todd very well may win,” Mr. Blunt, Missouri Republican, said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“At the end of the day, that race does largely become a debate about the majority in the Senate. Harry Reid is the majority leader,” Mr. Blunt said. “[Akin is] on a ticket at a time when people are looking at a Senate that is not doing its work, and the only way to change the Senate is to change the majority.”

Mr. Blunt was one of several leading Republicans who urged Mr. Akin, for the good of the GOP, to drop out of the race after his comments.

“The national issues are big enough that we need to have a discussion of those issues rather than the ones Todd managed to bring to the table,” Mr. Blunt said.

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David Eldridge

David Eldridge

David Eldridge joined The Washington Times in 1999 and over the next seven years helped lead the paper's coverage of regional politics and government, Sept. 11, and the sniper attacks of 2002. In 2006, he was named managing editor of the paper's website. He came to The Times from the Telegraph in North Platte, Neb., where he served as executive ...

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