As I predicted from the start, it looks like some of that PAC money that had initially been pulled away from Rep. Todd Akin’s campaign for the Senate may be flowing back in now that he’s refused, once and for all, to withdraw. ABC News reports:
A powerful conservative PAC said today that “circumstances have changed” and it is reconsidering its decision to withhold funds for Todd Akin’s bid for a Missouri Senate seat, and Akin’s campaign said today they expect other groups will also resume spending.
The statement by the Senate Conservatives Fund, a PAC led by South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, comes as the 5 p.m. CT deadline for Akin to quit the race looms…
Several Republican PACs also withdrew their financial support, despite the fact that Missouri could be crucial to GOP hopes of winning control of the Senate.
But DeMint’s group has recently polled its members asking them, “Knowing that Todd Akin will face Claire McCaskill in November and the race could decide control of the Senate, should the Senate Conservatives Fund endorse Akin and help him raise the support he needs to win?”Executive Director Matt Hoskins told ABC News today, “Circumstances have changed in two important ways … the deadline has passed. He is the Republican candidate, he will be on the ballot. And the choice is between him and Claire McCaskill.”
This is relatively small potatoes, money-wise. The real test will be whether the RNC, Crossroads GPS or groups controlled by FreedomWorks, the Club For Growth and other well-funded groups flows back into the race. I still say a good portion of it will.