Just as national Republicans on Wednesday opened the door to supporting Rep. Todd Akin in the Missouri Senate race once again, a super PAC affiliated with EMILY’s List and SEIU are preparing to bombard the Show Me State with the remark that made Republicans recoil in horror in the first place.
TPM obtained an early look at television ad by Women Vote, the independent expenditure arm of EMILY’s List. The ad will run across Missouri starting Thursday with a $1 million buy co-funded by Women Vote and SEIU.
The “legitimate rape” quote that made Akin a household name in August is the first line of the spot. From there, the ad runs through a laundry list of other Akin views Democrats have often used to cast him as extreme.
The outside spending is likely a welcome sign for McCaskill, however. On Wednesday — the day after the final deadline for Akin to drop out of the Missouri Senate race had passed — the NRSC signaled it was rethinking its decision to abandon Akin.