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Akin Trails McCaskill in Fundraising, Poll

Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., raised $1.6 million and finished the third quarter with about $553,000 on hand, the Associated Press reports.

The sum is dwarfed by Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill's $5.8 million raised and $2.1 million on hand at the end of September.

And with the National Republican Senatorial Committee and Crossroads GPS apparently sticking with their decisions to stay out of the race since Akin's controversial comments on "legitimate rape," he likely won't have the kind of outside help needed to make up the gap in these last few weeks.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee released a poll conducted by Harstad Strategic Research that shows McCaskill holding a 12-point lead over Akin when factoring in Libertarian candidate Jonathan Dine (47 percent to Akin's 35 percent and Dine's 8 percent) , and a 10-point lead in a head-to-head matchup (50 percent to Akin's 40 percent).

The results are similar to a McCaskill internal poll released earlier in the week that showed her with a 14-point lead. The Harstad poll surveyed 603 likely from Oct. 15-17 and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.0%.

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