The State of the Akin–McCaskill Race

He’s in a money crunch:

Todd Akin’s TV ads are, reportedly, being yanked from stations across the state because his campaign isn’t paying the bills.

KOMU-TV in Columbia says it received half of the payment for an ad buy, and when it didn’t get the other half, it cancelled the rest of the ads. The station says its confirmed that other stations from St. Louis to Kansas City have been put in the same position.

McCaskill, meanwhile, is running positive ads about how moderate she is. I imagine the tone of the race will change markedly if Akin stays in past the deadline for him to get out.

UPDATE: The Akin campaign is denying the ad story. I am hearing though that it has not been running ads yesterday or today.

Ramesh Ponnuru — Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg View, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.