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Via The Turner Report, Jim Talent tells us Todd Akin won his primary because he’s a “strong campaigner” and he’s got the issues on his side. Would you believe there’re folks out there who’ll try to tell you Talent’s an intellectual heavyweight?

Randy Turner himself, though, suggests that Akin may have won because of Democratic crossover voters who thought they would help McCaskill by giving her an early Christmas gift.

Still yet a third possibility might have something to do with Akin’s Christian Nation credentials and the hordes of GOPers who turned out to vote themselves in a double big helping of sanctity in the form of Amendment 2. It’s a sure bet Akin’s counting on more of the same in November, but if there’s any truth to hypothesis no 2 above, Democratic turnout might be a little stronger than in August.