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Well, look at this:

Steelman, Perry lead MO GOP races, Kinder vulnerable [pdf]

…In the same time frame, Sarah Steelman has jumped into a lead over Todd Akin for the right to face vulnerable Sen. Claire McCaskill. She leads him 40-29, with John Brunner at 6%, and 26% undecided. Akin has not picked up any supporters in the interim; he led Steelman 29-28 four months ago, with Brunner also still at 6% and Ed Martin, who has since dropped out, at 9%. The difference is that Steelman has reversed Akin’s leads with those who say they are somewhat conservative (36% of the electorate) and moderate (15%). Akin led with those groups by respective eight- and three-point margins in the previous poll, but Steelman now leads by whopping 21- and 33-point spreads, while also leading by one with the 46% plurality of voters furthest to the right….

….PPP surveyed 400 usual Missouri Republican primary voters from September 9th to 12th. The margin of error for the survey is +/-4.9%. This poll was not paid for or authorized by any campaign or political organization. PPP surveys are conducted through automated telephone interviews. PPP is a Democratic polling company, but polling expert Nate Silver of the New York Times found that its surveys in 2010 actually exhibited a slight bias toward Republican candidates….

….Q12 If the Republican candidates for Senate were

Todd Akin, John Brunner, and Sarah Steelman,

who would you vote for?

Todd Akin ……………………………………………….. 29%

John Brunner ………………………………………….. 6%

Sarah Steelman ………………………………………. 40%

Not sure …………………………………………………. 26%

And the word in the Twitterverse from Sarah Steelman’s (r) campaign?:

@SteelmanCamp Sarah Steelman 2012

Sarah Steelman’s leading the primary race for Senate with 40% to 29% for Todd Akin and 6% for John Brunner. Akin… fb.me/1dzgjJp6j 20 hours ago

Don’t you just love republican primaries?