United States Senate election in Missouri, 2012

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United States Senate election in Missouri, 2012
Missouri
2006 ←
November 6, 2012 (2012-11-06) → 2018

  Claire McCaskill, Official portrait, 112th Congress.jpg Todd Akin, official 109th Congress photo.jpg
Nominee Claire McCaskill Todd Akin Jonathan Dine
Party Democratic Republican Libertarian
Popular vote 1,484,683 1,063,698 164,991
Percentage 54.7% 39.2% 6.1%

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County results

U.S. Senator before election

Claire McCaskill
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Claire McCaskill
Democratic

The 2012 United States Senate election in Missouri was held on November 6, 2012, alongside a presidential election, other elections to the United States Senate in other states, as well as elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections. Incumbent U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill was unopposed in the Democratic primary and U.S. Representative Todd Akin won the Republican nomination with a plurality in a close three-way race. McCaskill was re-elected.

Background[edit]

In 2006, Claire McCaskill was elected with 49.6% of the vote, narrowly defeating Republican incumbent Jim Talent.

Time featured the race in their Senate article. Similar to other races, the article mentioned how McCaskill was fading in pre-election polls, and she was considered the most vulnerable/endangered Democratic incumbent this year. But Akin's comments about a women's body preventing pregnancy if it was "legitimate rape" quickly shot McCaskill back up, winning her the election.[1][2][3]

Democratic primary[edit]

Incumbent senator Claire McCaskill ran unopposed in the Democratic primary election.

Candidates[edit]

Election[edit]

100% reporting (3,428 of 3,428 precincts)[6]

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Claire McCaskill (Incumbent) 289,481 100.00%
Totals 289,481 100.00%

Republican primary[edit]

The Republican primary election for the United States Senate in Missouri, held on August 7, 2012, was one of the three most anticipated of summer 2012. This was due to the projected closeness of the Federal races in the 'Show-Me State' in November 2012, and the potential to change the control of the Senate in January 2013.[7] The primary campaigning by the candidates included many "attack ads" directed at John Brunner and Sarah Steelman at each other, but very few aimed at Todd Akin. Democrat Claire McCaskill, or PACs working on her behalf, also aired negative commercials aimed at her most-likely November opponents. Democrats believed that Todd Akin would be the weakest among the likely challengers for the senate seat, and ads attacking him as "too conservative" were largely viewed as a veiled support for his nomination.[8][9][10]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

John Brunner[edit]

John Brunner (born December 8, 1951) is an American businessman. He is the former chairman and CEO of Vi-Jon, Inc., founded by his grandparents.

Brunner received a bachelor's degree in Management from Harding University. He has a Master in Business Administration degree from Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis.[33] Vi-Jon, Inc. was founded in 1908 by John Brunner, Brunner's grandfather. Brunner began working for the company in 1978. Prior to this, he was an officer in the United States Marine Corps between 1976 and 1978, attaining a rank of Captain.[34] He was named CEO in 1978.[citation needed] Corporate sales were $23 million annually in 1994, rising to $300 million annually in 2006, when company was sold to private equity firm Berkshire Partners. He continued participation in company management until 2009.[33] Vi-Jon, Inc. makes private label soaps for national store brands as well as Germ-X hand sanitizers and Inspector Hector dental care products.[35]

Brunner ran in the 2012 Missouri Republican Senate primary, which was basically a three way race between himself, U.S. 2nd district Congressman Todd Akin, and former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman. Brunner received 30% of the vote, finishing second to Akin who garnered 36%.[6] The Kansas City Star included Brunner in a list of possible replacements to serve as the Republican Party candidate for Senate should Representative Todd Akin not run due to controversial comments about rape made during the campaign.[36]

Election[edit]

100% reporting (3,428 of 3,428 precincts)[6]

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Todd Akin 217,404 36.05%
Republican John Brunner 180,788 29.98%
Republican Sarah Steelman 176,127 29.20%
Republican Jerry Beck 9,801 1.62%
Republican Hector Maldonado 7,410 1.23%
Republican Robert Poole 6,100 1.01%
Republican Mark Memoly 3,205 0.53%
Republican Mark Lodes 2,285 0.38%
Totals 603,120 100.00%

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Todd
Akin
John
Brunner
Sarah
Steelman
Undecided
Public Policy Polling August 4–5, 2012 590 ± 4.0% 30% 35% 25% 8%
Mason-Dixon July 23–25, 2012 400 ± 5.0% 17% 33% 27% 19%
Public Policy Polling May 24–27, 2012 430 ± 4.7% 23% 25% 28% 20%
Public Policy Polling January 27–29, 2012 574 ± 4.1% 23% 18% 32% 28%
Public Policy Polling September 9–12, 2011 400 ± 4.9% 29% 6% 40% 26%

Libertarian primary[edit]

Jonathan Dine ran unopposed in the Libertarian primary election.

Candidates[edit]

  • Jonathan Dine, personal trainer

Election[edit]

100% reporting (3,428 of 3,428 precincts)[6]

Libertarian primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Libertarian Jonathan Dine 2,470 100.00%
Totals 2,470 100.00%

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Claire McCaskill (Democratic), incumbent U.S. Senator
  • Todd Akin (Republican), U.S. Congressman
  • Jonathan Dine (Libertarian)[12]

Debates[edit]

The first debate was held on September 21 in Columbia, Missouri and was sponsored by the Missouri Press Association.[37] Topics discussed by the three candidates included the Affordable Care Act, the future of the U.S. Postal Service, the rapid rise of college tuition, and Representative Akin's controversial comments on rape.[38]

The second and final debate was held October 18 in St. Louis. It was sponsored by the Clayton Chamber of Commerce and hosted by television station KSDK, public radio station KWMU and the St. Louis Business Journal.[39]

External links

Rape and pregnancy controversy[edit]

While making remarks on rape and abortion on August 19, 2012, Todd Akin made the claim that women victims of what he described as "legitimate rape" rarely experience pregnancy from rape. In an August 19, 2012 interview aired on St. Louis television station KTVI-TV, Todd Akin, the U.S. Representative for Missouri's 2nd congressional district and a candidate for the U.S. Senate seat held by Claire McCaskill, was asked his views on whether women who became pregnant due to rape should have the option of abortion. He replied:

Well you know, people always want to try to make that as one of those things, well how do you, how do you slice this particularly tough sort of ethical question. First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.[40]

The comments from Akin almost immediately led to uproar, with the term "legitimate rape" being taken to imply belief in a view that some kinds of rape are "legitimate", or alternatively that the many victims who do become pregnant from rape are likely to be lying about their claim. His claims about the likelihood of pregnancy resulting from rape were widely seen as being based on long-discredited pseudoscience with experts seeing the claims as lacking any basis of medical validity.[41][42][43] Akin was not the first to make such claims, but was perhaps one of the most prominent.[44] While some voices such as Iowa congressman Steve King supported Akin,[45] senior figures in both parties condemned his remarks and some Republicans called for him to resign.[46][47][48] In the resulting furor, Akin received widespread calls to drop out of his Senate race from both Republicans and Democrats.[49] Akin apologized after making the comment, saying he "misspoke", and he stated he planned to remain in the Senate race. This response was itself attacked by many commentators who saw the initial comments as representative of his long-held views, rather than an accidental gaffe.

The comment was widely characterized as misogynistic and recklessly inaccurate, with many commentators remarking on the use of the words "legitimate rape".[50][51][52] Related news articles cited a 1996 article in an obstetrics and gynecology journal, which found that 5% of women who were raped became pregnant, which equaled about 32,000 pregnancies each year in the US alone.[53] A separate 2003 article in the journal Human Nature estimated that rapes are twice as likely to result in pregnancies as consensual sex.[54] (See also pregnancy from rape.)

The incident was seen as having an impact on Akin's senate race and the Republicans' chances of gaining a majority in the U.S. Senate,[55] by making news in the week before the 2012 Republican National Convention and by "shift[ing] the national discussion to divisive social issues that could repel swing voters rather than economic issues that could attract them".[56] Akin, along with other Republican candidates with controversial positions on rape, lost due to backlash from women voters.[57]

Other controversies[edit]

On October 20, at a fundraiser, Akin compared McCaskill to a dog. After being criticized, Akin's campaign aide wrote on his official Twitter page that if Claire McCaskill “were a dog, she’d be a ‘Bullshitsu.’” The aide later said that he was joking.[58] Akin was caught on tape commenting that “Sen. Claire McCaskill goes to Washington, D.C., to ‘fetch' higher taxes and regulations."[59]

Fundraising[edit]

Candidate (party) Receipts Disbursements Cash on hand Debt
Claire McCaskill (D) $10,250,644 $7,689,961 $3,465,846 $0
Todd Akin (R) $2,229,189 $2,229,754 $531,559 $0
Source: Federal Election Commission[60][61]

Top contributors[edit]

Claire McCaskill Contribution Todd Akin Contribution
EMILY's List $261,390 Emerson $41,700
Simmons Cooper LLC $83,225 Crawford Group $32,750
Express Scripts $81,358 Edward Jones Investments $23,000
Bryan Cave LLP $79,245 American Pulverizer Co $20,000
Husch Blackwell $70,525 Murray Energy $18,605
Washington University in St. Louis $56,510 Essex Industries $18,000
Hallmark Cards $52,000 General Dynamics $18,000
Boeing $50,500 Washington University in St. Louis $17,000
Crawford Group $47,050 Boeing $15,700
Polsinelli Shughart PC $45,250 Patriot Machine $15,000
Source: Center for Responsive Politics[62]

Top industries[edit]

Claire McCaskill Contribution Todd Akin Contribution
Lawyers/Law Firms $1,929,339 Retired $234,936
Retired $626,456 Leadership PACs $126,340
Women's Issues $556,681 Health Professionals $120,050
Entertainment industry $346,715 Defense Contractors $118,900
Financial Institutions $344,960 Manufacturing & Distributing $95,641
Leadership PACs $335,500 Mining $65,880
Lobbyists $279,883 Automotive $65,790
Real Estate $266,844 Republican/Conservative $64,125
Business Services $232,175 Electronics manufacturing services $42,350
Health Services/HMOs $210,533 Financial Institutions $42,250
Source: Center for Responsive Politics[63]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Claire
McCaskill (D)
Todd
Akin (R)
Other Undecided
Public Policy Polling November 2–3, 2012 835 ± 3.4% 48% 44% 6% 2%
SurveyUSA October 28–November 3, 2012 589 ± 4.1% 51% 36% 8% 5%
WeAskAmerica October 30, 2012 1,217 ± 2.9% 49% 45% 6%
Mason-Dixon October 23–25, 2012 625 ± 4% 45% 43% 8%
Public Policy Polling October 19–21, 2012 582 ± 4.1% 46% 40% 6% 8%
Rasmussen Reports October 19, 2012 500 ± 4.5% 51% 43% 3% 3%
Wenzel Strategies October 12–13, 2012 1,000 ± 3.7% 45% 49% 7%
Rasmussen Reports October 3, 2012 500 ± 4.5% 51% 45% 1% 3%
Public Policy Polling October 1–3, 2012 700 ± 3.7% 46% 40% 9% 5%
Kiley & Company September 30, 2012 600 ± 3.5% 50% 41% 2% 7%
We Ask America September 25–27, 2012 1,145 ± 2.9% 46% 45% 9%
Gravis Marketing September 15–16, 2012 1,959 ± 2.3% 42% 44% 16%
Wenzel Strategies September 10–11, 2012 850 ± 3.3% 43% 48% 10%
Rasmussen Reports September 11, 2012 500 ± 4.5% 49% 43% 4% 4%
Public Policy Polling August 28–29, 2012 621 ± 3.9% 45% 44% 11%
Wenzel Strategies August 27–28, 2012 829 ± 3.3% 42% 45% 13%
Mason-Dixon August 22–23, 2012 625 ± 4.0% 50% 41% 9%
Rasmussen Reports August 22, 2012 500 ± 4.5% 48% 38% 9% 5%
Public Policy Polling August 20, 2012 500 ± 4.4% 43% 44% 13%
Survey USA August 9–12, 2012 585 ± 4.1% 40% 51% 4% 5%
Chilenski Strategies/Missouri Scout August 8, 2012 663 ± 3.8% 47% 48% 6%
Rasmussen Reports July 30, 2012 500 ± 4.5% 44% 47% 4% 5%
Mason-Dixon July 23–25, 2012 625 ± 4.0% 44% 49% 7%
Rasmussen Reports June 7, 2012 500 ± 4.5% 42% 50% 2% 7%
Public Policy Polling May 24–27, 2012 602 ± 4.0% 44% 45% 11%
Rasmussen Reports April 17, 2012 500 ± 4.5% 43% 48% 2% 7%
Rasmussen Reports March 14–15, 2012 500 ± 4.5% 43% 50% 4% 4%
Public Policy Polling January 27–29, 2012 582 ± 4.1% 43% 43% 14%
Rasmussen Reports November 9, 2011 500 ± 4.5% 47% 45% 5% 3%
Public Policy Polling September 9–12, 2011 632 ± 3.9% 45% 43% 12%
Public Policy Polling April 28–May 1, 2011 555 ± 3.9% 46% 45% 8%
Public Policy Polling March 3–6, 2011 612 ± 4.0% 45% 44% 11%

Results[edit]

United States Senate election in Missouri, 2012[64]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Claire McCaskill (Incumbent) 1,484,683 54.71% +5.13%
Republican Todd Akin 1,063,698 39.20% -8.11%
Libertarian Jonathan Dine 164,991 6.08% +3.83%
Write-ins 251 0.01% n/a
Margin of victory 420,985 15.51% +13.24%
Turnout 2,713,623 64.75%

Note: The ±% column reflects the change in total number of votes won by each party from the previous election. Turnout percentage is the portion of registered voters (4,190,936 as of 10/24/2012)[65] who voted.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Official campaign websites