The Missouri Farm Bureau on Tuesday said it would still endorse Rep. Todd Akin in the U.S. Senate race even after his controversial comments about rape.
The Bureau began making endorsements in 1982 and has always endorsed Republican candidates. The vast majority — 99 percent — of its members voted to endorse Akin over Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) in August. But in an unprecedented move, the bureau’s political committees decided to reconsider their support of Akin, and a series of phone conferences were made to discuss the endorsement.
Blake Hurst, president of Missouri Farm Bureau, said in a written statement that its members “accepted his apology and reaffirmed this election is still about issues such as moving our country in a better direction, getting the federal deficit under control, eliminating needless government regulations and creating more jobs.”