Republican Congressman Todd Akin was outspent more than 3-to-1 and owes almost $270,000 after his unsuccessful challenge of Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, according to federal finance reports available online Thursday.
Akin's committee spent a little over $6 million on his Senate campaign, far shy of the $19.3 million spent by McCaskill.
Akin reported $268,830 of debt as of Nov. 26, compared with $238,010 for McCaskill. But Akin could face a greater challenge than McCaskill in paying his bills, because losing candidates often find it more difficult than winners to raise money after an election.
The post-election finance reports were due Dec. 6, but because they are filed as paper copies with the Senate, it often takes several days before they are scanned into computers and posted online by the Federal Election Commission. Other types of committee reports are filed electronically, which is why it was apparent last week that the National Republican Senatorial Committee had quietly channeled $760,000 to Missouri to aid Akin's campaign despite publically disavowing him.
Akin's fundraising took a hit after he remarked in an August TV interview that women's bodies have biological ways of avoiding pregnancy in what he described as "legitimate rape." Although he apologized, Akin refused calls of top national Republicans to quit the race so Missouri Republicans could pick a replacement candidate.
Although some deep-pocketed Republican groups boycotted Akin's campaign, others eventually provided money.