Two mainstream candidates for Senate from Missouri square off in the second of two debates Thursday night in a high school auditorium in suburban St. Louis. Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill and GOP Rep. Todd Akin are featured in a contentious race for a key Senate seat less than three weeks until the general election.
When and where is the debate being held?
Clayton High School's auditorium hosts Akin and McCaskill beginning at 7 p.m. CT. Tickets have already been distributed. Anyone who wishes to get in at the door without a ticket needs to call the Clayton Chamber of Commerce at (314) 726-3033 to get on a waiting list. Unfilled seats will be allotted 15 minutes before the start of the debate, according to KSDK.
Where can viewers watch the debate?
KSDK will broadcast the event live. Unfortunately for politicos following the Senate race, the St. Louis Cardinals' game is the same time. The Associated Press reports both candidates have been preparing for a couple of days before their final debate.
Why isn't a third party candidate involved?
Jonathan Dine pointed out to St. Louis Public Radio that he was left out of the debate as the Libertarian candidate. Dine participated in the first debate Sept. 21. The Clayton Chamber of Commerce, who sponsors the upcoming forum, said the organization invited just the Democratic and Republican candidates due to time and the "polling-based plurality." Dine was favored by 9 percent of voters in a recent poll, an unusually high number, according to the radio station.
What happened in the first debate?
The Nation reveals McCaskill constantly went after Akin's "extreme" views in the first debate in Columbia, Mo. The first question revolved around the representative's controversial "legitimate rape" remarks made during a television interview Aug. 19.
What do polls say ahead of this second, and last, debate?
Despite Akin's comments on rape, he still has a lead in one recent poll. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch states the conservative leads his opponent by four points in a poll conducted by Citizens United. An internal poll conducted by McCaskill shows she has a lead of 14 points after interviews with 601 Missouri voters. McCaskill's poll was done by Kiley & Company.
Will McCaskill bring up Akin's "legitimate rape" comment again?
The Democrat may not have to mention the inflammatory remark at the debate. The Associated Press reports a new audio brochure is being mailed to Missouri voters. The outside of the brochure states, "Todd Akin would like a few words with you." Upon opening the mailer, an audio clip plays in which Akin repeats his entire sentence about rape and how "the female body has ways ... to shut that whole thing down."
William Browning is a research librarian specializing in U.S. politics.
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