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August 9, 2012 12:00 AM

McCaskill's dream opponent, Akin, still offers an uphill battle

Legions of Democrats on Wednesday were re-energized about Claire McCaskill's chances after months of dispiriting news that the senator from Missouri was all but toast. They think McCaskill could defeat Republican nominee Todd Akin. Still, Republicans, and even some Democrats, cautioned that the race will be highly competitive and even uphill.

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