WASHINGTON (AP) — Missouri Rep. Todd Akin raised about $1.6 million for his Senate bid in the months after Republican Party officials sought to distance themselves from his comments on "legitimate rape," according to his filings with the Federal Election Commission.
Akin's third quarter fundraising report, which includes donations from mid-July through the end of September, shows he spent almost every dollar he raised and had about $553,000 cash on hand at the end of the period. His opponent, Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, raised $5.5 million in the same time period, with about $2.1 million on hand.
McCaskill outspent Akin $6.9 million to $1.6 million during the period and appears likely to significantly outspend him through Election Day, based on their remaining cash.
Akin's campaign sought to put a positive light on its financial gap. McCaskill "is outspending our campaign by at least 7 to 1, yet she is losing," said Akin campaign adviser Rick Tyler.
That assertion is debatable. Although Akin points to polling showing him slightly ahead, McCaskill has pointed to other polls showing her comfortably ahead.
McCaskill spokeswoman Caitlin Legacki said the donations prove she has the money and support needed to win.
"Over the past three months, Claire has seen an incredible outpouring of support from families from across Missouri and across the country who have given whatever they can because she's a proven fighter for common sense values like protecting Medicare and Social Security and keeping federal student loans," she said.