This photo combo shows U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., left, and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. For most of a century, Missouri has been the nation's bellwether. Every four years, a majority of voters in ... more 
This photo combo shows U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., left, and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. For most of a century, Missouri has been the nation's bellwether. Every four years, a majority of voters in the state in the center of the country _ a near perfect mirror of its demographics, geography, economics and politics _ predictably cast their ballots for the candidates the nation as a whole chooses to win the White House. Should Akin, who offended millions of Americans with insensitive remarks about rape and pregnancy, rebound this November to defeat McCaskill, Missouri will probably need to turn in its bell for good. (AP Photo/Sid Hastings, Manuel Balce Ceneta) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Sid Hastings, Manuel Balce Ceneta
Sat, Aug 25, 2012 4:24 PM EDT