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Todd Akin, Missouri GOP Senate Candidate, Says He's Unclear If Mitt Romney Is Conservative

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Republican Rep. Todd Akin, running for U.S. Senate from Missouri, said he's not very clear about whether GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is a conservative.

"I don't really know where Romney is," the congressman said, according to Politico. "I think it's hard to pin down where he is."

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Akin's own conservatism has been a bit of headache for the Senate hopeful lately. Worried about the lackluster crop of candidates looking to unseat Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Republicans are trying to recruit a fourth candidate to join the field of challengers.

Republican leaders urged state auditor Tom Schweich, who is considered more liberal, to make a bid for the seat. Akin fired back by saying there was nothing weak about the current GOP field, and knocking the "liberal wing of the Republican party."

Akin is being challenged in the primary by businessman John Brunner and former state senator Sarah Steelman. A Rasmussen poll released Friday found that all the leading GOP Senate candidates are polling ahead of McCaskill.

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