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Todd Akin, Missouri and the Apple-Samsung Patent Suit

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Fresh polling from Missouri. Despite Congressman Todd Akin’s controversial comments, his race against Democratic incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill is in dead heat. About 42 percent of likely voters in Missouri think Akin should drop out, but the race is evenly split at 38 percent each. McCaskill may be suffering from an “Obama deficit” - the president is losing to Romney in by more than 12 points. We’ll talk to our pollster Doug Kaplan; Andrew Northwall of NorthStar Campaign Systems, a Republican strategy firm; Rudi Keller, reporter at the Columbia Daily Tribune in Columbia, Missouri; and Aimee Levitt, reporter at the Riverfront Times in St. Louis.

The Apple case against Samsung has gone to the jury, which will have to decide if either company stole from the other in development of their tablets and smart phones. With the potential for significant consequences in the electronics market, Google joined Samsung to protect its Andriod OS. We talk to Nick Wingfield, Reporter for the New York Times who has been covering the trial and Robin Feldman, law professor at UC Hastings Law and author of “Rethinking Patent Law.”