Rep. Todd Akin talks on KFEQ 680 AM radio - Josh Collins/KCTV
ST. JOSEPH, MO (KCTV) -
Missouri Farm Bureau's FARM PAC announced Friday it is reconsidering its endorsement of Rep. Todd Akin.
A spokesperson for the organization said he's not aware if their trustees have ever had to do this before.
But it's been business as usual for Akin and his campaign for Senate Friday. A campaign spokesperson said they're not expecting the FARM PAC to reverse their endorsement given the group's overwhelming support of him a couple of weeks ago.
Friday Akin focused on convincing Missourians why they should vote for him. He hit the campaign trail early in the morning, stopping by a St. Joseph radio station to talk about why he's still the best candidate for Senate.
"This is an election about how do you vote. How you talk and whether you talk pretty doesn't make any difference," Akin said.
But "talking pretty" as Akin calls it has made a difference to some. Friday, a major political action committee in Missouri announced its support for the candidate could be in jeopardy.
"After polling the Missouri Farm Bureau county leaders, a majority believe the endorsement of Todd Akin for U.S. Senate should be reconsidered," the FARM PAC said in a written statement.
A Farm Bureau spokesperson told KCTV 5 past candidates have benefited from their endorsement in the way of volunteer help and money. These are both critical assets for candidates as election day draws near.
Still, despite political fallout following his controversial abortion statements, Akin believes he's the best candidate and can help the GOP take back control of Washington.
"Part of the reason you and I here in the state of Missouri are so important is because of Claire McCaskill's seat. I believe we can win that seat. Claire's voting does not match Missouri," Akin said.
That's a message he's hoping gives him the support he needs come November.
It may take Missouri Farm Bureau PAC trustees a couple of weeks to decide whether to pull their Akin endorsement.
The latest Public Policy Poll shows Akin trailing his opponent Claire McCaskill by 1 percent. Akin said that polls are really not accurate to that level and that the only poll that counts is the one in November.
Karl Rove still hasn't responded about what some are calling an unsavory comment he made about Akin. Akin recently came under fire when he made comments about "legitimate rape victims." He has since apologized for those statements.
At a recent fundraiser Rove said, "We should sink Todd Akin. If he's found mysteriously murdered, don't look for my whereabouts."
When asked about the comments Akin focused on his campaign and his own recent gaffe.
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