Senator Claire McCaskill has managed to hold on to her Senate seat this year. All of the votes have yet to be counted, but with 36% of precincts reporting it is clear that the Republican challenger, Todd Akin has lost. As of now it stands with McCaskill at 51% and Akin with 42%.
Akin ran into a lot of trouble earlier this election season with his remarks about abortions in varying cases. He made comments about what he calls ‘legitimate rape’ and how he had heard that women’s bodies had ways of shutting down unwanted pregnancies. This cemented the loss, especially because many fellow Republicans called for him to withdraw from the race.
It is now impossible for Republicans to gain control of the Senate.