Super PAC Considers Intervention in Akin Race

Republican establishment says Missouri lawmaker will have to go it alone

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Time is running out for Missouri Republican Rep. Todd Akin to get out of his Senate race. After Tuesday, the GOP's fate in Missouri will be tied to a man who infamously said women who are victims of "legitimate rape" rarely get pregnant because their bodies reject it.

And Akin's unlikely to budge.

"For about the hundredth time or so, I am in this race," Akin told supporters Monday.

A Senate campaign is a tough road to go alone, and Akin's refusal to step down after his gaffe has left him abandoned by the establishment.

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"Republicans dared Akin to call their bluff, and he did," says Kyle Kondik, expert on congressional races at the University of Virginia's Center for Politics.

Now outside groups must choose, help Akin, or potentially wave goodbye to a Senate majority.

"I think the Republican party needs to acknowledge that their strategy to force Todd Akin off the ballot has failed, and now they have to look at the race dispassionately and decide whether they should swallow their pride and help him win," says Matt Hoskins, the Executive Director for South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint's PAC, Senate Conservative Fund. "Do you want the majority or not?" Now DeMint's group is considering staging an intervention.

"We are seriously looking at the race," Hoskins says. "The fact that he has stayed on has forced us to look at the race again. He is the nominee, and we have to make a decision."

Before the gaffe, outside groups like Crossroads GPS, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Committee were teed up to dump millions into the race against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, but they aren't looking to reengage.

"We have absolutely no plans to get involved in this race," says Barney Keller, a spokesman for Club for Growth.

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"I don't think he could win the race frankly, so we shifted our resources to other races, which could have a bigger impact," says Adam Brandon, Executive Vice President of FreedomWorks.

Without financial backing, Akin will have a hard time defeating McCaskill, who leads by single digits in the polls and sources say has multiple attack ads ready to air against Akin in upcoming weeks.

Of course, a few GOP insubordinates have stuck by Akin's side along the way.

Monday Newt Gingrich stumped for the embattled candidate, delivering not just a message to the supporters in a St. Louis suburb, but to Republicans around the country.

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"I don't see how any national Republican in good conscience after tomorrow has any choice except to" support Akin, Gingrich said. He's not the first, Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has stood by Akin's side and solicited donations on his behalf.

Both Gingrich and Huckabee's efforts have helped keep Akin's campaign afloat when major GOP players have stayed out of the fray.

University of Virginia's Kondik says he's not so sure Akin could win the race even with an influx of cash from big-money groups. But without Akin's seat, Republicans will have to win races in more competitive states like Connecticut, Massachusetts, Florida and Ohio.

"The whole Akin situation was damaging," Kondik says. "It took away a relatively easy pick up, and while he contributed to his demise, Akin had the rug pulled out from under him. McCaskill's got enough ammunition to last through November."