(WASHINGTON EXAMINER) If the Republican Party needed any more proof that Missouri Republican Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin was poison to all GOP-ers, they’ve got it in a new Missouri presidential poll just published by Rasmussen Reports.

After consistently trailing Mitt Romney in Missouri, President Obama is now beating him. It’s by just one point, 47 percent to 46 percent, but it represents a big change from Romney’s 50 percent-46 percent lead he had a month ago. Worse for the Republican: Romney has led in Missouri all year–until the Akin “legitimate rape” scandal.

The poll could be proof that the scandal has wounded Romney and Republicans and that the Democratic attacks on the Republican is causing voters to reassess Romney. Rasmussen revised his election projection for Missouri, moving it from “lean Romney” to “toss-up.”

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