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Todd Akin now trails Claire McCaskill by 10 points, poll shows (+video)

The latest Rasmussen poll shows Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri beating Rep. Todd Akin by 10 points, 48 percent to 38 percent. Before Akin's comment on 'legitimate rape,' he was ahead.

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It’s a new day for Rep. Todd Akin (R) and Sen. Claire McCaskill, the Democrat he still hopes to unseat in Missouri’s Senate race.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters shows the first-term Senator McCaskill now leading by 10 percentage points, 48 percent to 38 percent. Nine percent choose another candidate, and 5 percent are undecided.

The poll, taken Aug. 22, represents a dramatic reversal of fortune for Congressman Akin, who sparked national controversy Sunday with a comment about rape and pregnancy in an interview with a St. Louis TV station. Akin, who opposes abortion without exceptions, asserted that women’s bodies have the ability to prevent pregnancy during a “legitimate rape."

Before the interview, Akin led McCaskill by an average 5 percentage points, according to RealClearPolitics. She was seen as the most vulnerable incumbent Democrat this cycle. Beating her was key to the Republicans’ goal of retaking control of the Senate, where 53 members currently caucus with the Democrats, versus 47 Republicans.

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