Poll convinced Todd Akin to stay in the race

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A source close to Rep. Todd Akin tells The Daily that the congressman would likely stay in the U.S. Senate race if polls continue to show him within five points of Sen. Claire McCaskill, but that if he falls into a deficit between seven and nine points, “that gets difficult.”

National Journal reports Akin commissioned an automated poll on Monday, which showed him in a statistical dead heat with McCaskill. That finding, along with a separate Public Policy Polling survey also showing the race competitive, played a large role in convincing him not to withdraw from the race.

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