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With election on horizon, each party is tracking the opposition
With election on horizon, each party is tracking the opposition

In the midst of a busy 2012 election cycle, Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin's offhand remark to a local television station about what constituted "legitimate rape" might have slipped under the radar. But Akin was a prime target for an opposition research powerhouse, American Bridge 21st Century, and their Akin tracker was on the ball. Within hours, the Democratic "super PAC" had uploaded the clip to YouTube and pushed it to reporters — ensuring that it blew up on Twitter and headed to the top of national news. Akin's candidacy was doomed. For Republicans, who had no research outfit to match American Bridge, it was one of the searing lessons of...

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