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Sigh of relief

Some Republicans breathed a sigh of relief this primary season after Georgia Rep. Paul C. Broun, who said evolution and the Big Bang theory are “lies straight from the pit of Hell,” and Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel, a tea party-backed Republican, lost their bids for the U.S. Senate.

“Much to the glee of the GOP, that quest took an initial hit when the science-deficient Rep. Paul Broun failed to advance to the Georgia Senate primary runoff,” said Ford O’Connell, a GOP strategist. “Democrats were also banking heavily on [Mr. McDaniel], because in their view he was the perfect candidate for their propaganda play. He had more backlogged baggage than a Louis Vuitton factory.”

With Sen. Thad Cochran’s win over Mr. McDaniel, Mr. O’Connell added, “Democrats are running out of options.”

Mr. Akin, meanwhile, to the delight of Democrats, returned to the national stage this month when he released a new book, called “Firing Back,” in which he said he tried to rewrite the narrative on his now-famous comments.

Mr. Akin argues he was the victim of a “political assassination” by the mainstream media and Republican leaders, and says he stands by point that the probability of pregnancy in the cases of rape are less than it would be otherwise.

“My comment about a woman’s body shutting the pregnancy down,” Mr. Akin writes in the book, “was directed to the impact of stress on fertilization. This is something fertility doctors debate and discuss. Doubt me? Google ‘stress and fertilization,’ and you will find a library of research on the subject.”

Christy Setzer, a Democratic strategist, said her party still has reason to hope that someone within the GOP will say or do something that will fire up the progressive base nationally.

She said there is “no difference” between Mr. Akin and 2014 GOP Senate hopefuls Rep. Tom Cotton in Arkansas, Rep. Cory Gardner in Colorado and state Rep. Thom Tillis in North Carolina “when it comes to women and wanting to ban common forms of contraception.”

“The challenge will be in getting them to spout their views in as pretty and gift-wrapped a package as Todd Akin did,” she said.