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Thu Nov 15, 2012, 10:35 AM

Women’s Groups: 2012 Gains Were About More Than Just Todd Akin


Republicans leaders are lining up to blame failed Senate candidates Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock for dragging down the party with their comments on rape. But Democratic women say that their success this election cycle ran far deeper than one or two meltdowns.

And they have plenty to brag about this week. President Obama won re-election with strong support from female voters and the Senate will soon have more women than ever thanks to a number of hard fought victories by female candidates.

Not that a few high-profile disasters from Republicans didn’t help. Speaking at a post-election panel hosted by EMILY’s List on Wednesday morning, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) introduced herself as “the senator that brought you Todd Akin.”

Reflecting on her double-digit victory over Akin, McCaskill warned against attributing it to just his comments on “legitimate rape” and exceptions on abortion restrictions. Instead, it was a “whole list of things” that often included economic issues, including Akin’s vocal opposition to federal student loan aid and equal pay laws.



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