If anyone in the Republican Party harbors illusions that Todd Akin will bow out of the Missouri U.S. Senate race by a September 25 deadline, he is quite happy to disabuse them.

“That’s not going to happen,” the Missouri congressman told Reuters after a rally Friday afternoon at the state Capitol. “The primary voters of Missouri gave me a job to do. That job is to beat (Democratic incumbent) Claire McCaskill.”…

“If I had to put money on it, I’d bet on a small victory for McCaskill,” said Marvin Overby, a politics professor at the University of Missouri at Columbia.

With six weeks until the November 6 election there is still time for something dramatic to happen in this race, Overby said.