Daily Archives: August 25, 2012

Election Watch: 8/25

The past week has seen two major political events: the selection of Paul Ryan as Romney’s running mate, and Rep. Todd Akin’s commentary concerning how women’s bodies work.

While the first event has appeared to help Republicans nationwide, the second seems to be causing the GOP’s efforts in Missouri to self-destruct. In the only two rolling polls taken since the controversy, Akin himself dropped from a seven-point lead to a ten-point deficit, and a poll was even released showing Obama defeating Romney in the state by one point. This is the only poll so far to show Obama with a lead in Missouri, so we will have to wait for more data to see whether there will be a trickle-up effect in the state.

SENATE:
Democratic Party – 48
Republican Party – 50
Independents – 2 (ME, VT)
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:
Democratic Party – 204
Republican Party – 231