Sen. Claire McCaskill's campaign had a good day Tuesday: Rep. Todd Akin, their favored candidate, won the GOP primary. And Team McCaskill is likely patting itself on the back for the role they played in boosting Akin -- the campaign ran "negative" ads that actually appeared designed to boost Akin with the GOP primary electorate. "Missouri's true conservative is just too conservative," the ad's narrator concludes.
Here's a small bit of evidence that the ad campaign did, in fact, help propel Akin to victory: a letter to the editor published in the Springfield News-Leader last week from one indignant voter who wanted McCaskill to know her ad had backfired. From the letter:
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