The Hill, a Washington publication, says that things are perking up for Congressman Todd Akin in his challenge to incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill:
Akin went from a low of 38 percent support in one poll, conducted in the days after his comments drew national scrutiny, to just a 2-percentage-point deficit in one independent poll released last weekend. One Republican internal poll has Akin and McCaskill tied.
Democrats dispute those polls, pointing out that the one putting him within the margin of error of McCaskill was conducted by the same pollster that predicted a third-place finish for Akin in the competitive GOP primary, which he eventually won.
McCaskill’s own internals have shown her ahead by double digits, and the RealClearPolitics average of polls still puts her up by 5 percentage points.
But the new polling is enough to have sparked an infusion of outside money on Akin’s behalf.
Over the past week, outside groups backing Akin have spent nearly double what’s been spent by outside groups for McCaskill, according to data collected by the Center for Responsive Politics.