It's clear that Rep. Todd Akin is not planning on withdrawing from the Senate race in Missouri. But what happens to all the money that was set aside to promote his candidacy?
Soledad followed the money this morning on "Starting Point," looking at how both Republicans and Democrats are using Akin's gaffe as a moment to try to raise money. Senator Claire McCaskill's campaign says they're seeing an uptick in fundraising, but they won't say how much. Groups like Emily's List, which support pro-choice Democratic women, say the same thing. Congressman Akin is trying to fundraise on his apology. He tweeted out a link last night to a petition that supporters could sign, asking for at least $3 in donations.
However, American Crossroads founder Karl Rove is pulling his money from Akin's Senate bid. He tells FOX news that if Akin remains the nominee in the race, "there's no reason to throw good money after bad by trying to win this seat...this is one of those unfortunate things that's so bad, so deplorable, so out-of-touch that there's no way to recover, in my opinion, from it."
American Crossroads's Steven Law explains to Soledad why the superPAC has pulled funding for Rep. Todd Akin in the MO Senate race.
"We saw this as an eminently winnable Senate race," Law says. "There were great issues to talk about, we were talking about obamacare, and taxes, and debt and the economy. But this firestorm that Todd Akin has created for himself has engulfed not only him but we think any chance whatsoever of being able to salvage this race as long as he's in this race. For Claire McCaskill, she's valiantly defending Todd Akin's right to be in the race because her worst nightmare is him dropping out and her ticket to paradise is him staying in...because she can win under those
"I think he unfortunately doesn't recognize it yet but he's dealt a mortal blow to his candidacy," Law adds.