PPP's sampling was small, but its conclusion was enormously suggestive:
[Todd] Akin leads Claire McCaskill by a single point, 44-43. That's basically identical to our last poll of the contest in late May, which found Akin ahead by a 45-44 spread.
Yesterday I half-jokingly noted that "if Akin previously held, say, a 48-44 lead over McCaskill, he'll plunge to a 47-45 lead." That's because to gauge the prodigiously ignorant depths of America's polarization and partisanship, they don't run flags up Peoria's flagpoles anymore. They just ask Missourians what they think.
Notwithstanding Akin's desperate lead, he's been fitted for the noose. Karl Rove's Crossroads has cut its funding of this reptile, as will John Cornyn's National Republican Senatorial Committee. Doubtless, Akin will still profit immensely from the ethically bankrupt and utterly immoral Christianist crowd, nonetheless the finance gallows loom. Crossroads' despicable, unremitting McCaskill-bashing on Akin's behalf got him where he is, and it was almost certainly needed to sustain him.
That merrier future, however, cannot mitigate this moment's ghastliness:
GOP voters dislike McCaskill so much they're not going to vote for her no matter what their nominee does. Independent voters haven't moved at all either. In May they supported Akin 45-41, and even though they don't like him on tonight's poll we still found him leading 45-41 with them.
While the GOP base is incurable, Akin's independent support will erode. Just wait a few days, to let the Rovian stench clear.
But it won't clear in other states, or in other congressional districts. In fact, it'll be enhanced by another few million, which otherwise would have gone to the reptilian Todd Akin.