PPP’s flash poll the night before Todd Akin’s initial deadline to withdraw showed Akin still ahead by a point.  I called it a troll poll which would encourage Akin not to withdraw.

And so it did, Akin cited the poll in interviews justifying his decision not to withdraw, even as others pointed out an absurd over sampling of Republicans in the poll.

Via Ace, Rasmussen is about to release a poll showing Akin down by 10 points.

More details to follow.

Update:  The headline is up at Rasmussen

 What a difference one TV interview can make. Embattled Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill has now jumped to a 10-point lead over her Republican challenger, Congressman Todd Akin, in Missouri’s U.S. Senate race. Most Missouri Republicans want Akin to quit the race while most Missouri Democrats want him to stay.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the Show Me State finds McCaskill earning 48% support to Akin’s 38%. Nine percent (9%) like some other candidate in the race, and five percent (5%) are undecided.

The questions and break down are here, and show that McCaskill remains unpopular and that people paid very close attention to Akin’s comments.


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