08/28/2012 01:32 pm ET

Todd Akin Rape Comments Earn Sympathy Among Conservative Women In His District

FENTON, MO. -- A thousand miles from the Republican National Convention in Tampa and the approaching winds of Tropical Storm Isaac, Sharon Barnes and Janice DeWeese were busy in the heart of conservative America, battling their own gusts of wind, setting up a white tent and arranging tables to keep the "Defending What's Sacred!" pamphlets from blowing away.

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