Multiple news sources are calling it: this is one legitimate loss. After fighting one of the election’s most spotlighted contests, Claire McCaskill has defeated Republican Todd Akin in the Missouri Senate race. Akin made national news earlier in the election with his assertion that women can’t become pregnant in cases of “legitimate rape.” The furor over the statement led the Republican establishment—including Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan—to call for his resignation from the race. Not only did Akin demur, a flurry of small-time donors in support of his campaign helped him raise more than $1 million—money that, in the end, couldn’t overcome his polarizing status.
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