Akin in MO and Hoekstra in MI to face incumbents in Senate races

Primaries yesterday in Missouri and Michigan have produced a couple of strong candidates who will face off against Senate incumbents in November. In Missouri, Rep. Todd Akin bested two other candidates for the right to take on the Senate's most endangered Democrat; Claire McCaskill: In a volatile and heated campaign, the GOP chose Akin to take on McCaskill over former state treasurer Sarah Steelman and wealthy businessman John Brunner. Unlike in other recent key Republican Senate primaries, including races in Texas and Indiana, none of the three candidates were traditional establishment picks, and each had sought to lay claim to the mantle of small government outsider. But in the final days of the race, they had sought to appeal to different splinters of the conservative electorate. Akin received a late surge of support from evangelicals, impressed by his close ties to former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and his long-standing support for conservative social causes. Akin...(Read Full Post)