The Washington Times - October 11, 2012, 03:39PM

It’s all about Eve in the Missouri U.S. Senate race, as Republican Rep. Todd Akin and Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill ramped up their appeals to female voters this week.

Mr. Akin announced Thursday that Janet Huckabee, former first lady of Arkansas and wife of Mike Huckabee, will stump for him around the state.


And Mrs. McCaskill launched three new ads featuring rape victims who talk about Mr. Akin’s controversial rape comments and his opposition to emergency contraception.

While candidates around the country are especially focused on winning over women this year, the female vote is especially at stake in Missouri, where much of the race has revolved around Mr. Akin’s claim that victims of “legitimate” rape are unlikely to become pregnant.

Attempting to seize back some of Mrs. McCaskill’s lead among women, Mr. Akin’s campaign has enlisted Mrs. Huckabee to appear at five events next week — and on one occasion, she’ll be joined by two prominent conservative women: Michelle Duggar of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” and Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America.

They’ll try to convince women that Mr. Akin will advocate for them if he’s elected to the Senate. At the same time, Mrs. McCaskill is using her new campaign ads to argue that he won’t.

One of the ads features a woman named Diana, who identifies herself as a “Republican and a pro-life mother.” She declined emergency contraception after being raped, but says that every women should be given that choice to make for herself.

“I have never voted for Claire McCaskill, but because of Todd Akin, I will now,” she concludes.