Missouri, national conservatives rally around Ann Wagner as Todd Akin replacement

http://twitter.com/#!/MarkdKelly2/status/238011544032657409

Complete hypothetical–what if GOPers said Akin could have his House seat back & convince #MO02 nominee Ann Wagner to take Sen. nomination?

— Jessica Taylor (@JessicaTaylor) August 21, 2012

It may turn out to not be so hypothetical after all …

Amid growing pressure from the Missouri GOP for Todd Akin to drop out of the U.S. Senate race, conservatives have found themselves increasingly in favor of a candidate swap but haven’t quite reached a consensus as to who Akin’s replacement should be. That may be about to change. There’s a groundswell underway to draft former U.S. ambassador Ann Wagner for a senate run. Wagner is currently running for Akin’s congressional seat, and conservatives are thinking that if Akin bows out and switches places with Wagner, he can go back to representing his congressional district relatively easily.

Breitbart.com’s Ben Shapiro notes that the switch is definitely doable:

There is a legit legal loophole in MO that would allow Todd Akin to switch ballot slots with his district Congress candidate, Ann Wagner.

— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 22, 2012

Monday night, a new Twitter account,@AnnWagnerSenate, quietly sprang up. Over the past few days, and particularly since yesterday, excitement about a possible Wagner senatorial campaign has been building, both state- and nationwide:

@prfekrdumbrella: @ChrisLoesch who is Ann Wagner?” She is a grass roots candidate with massive support, fundraising. Frmr Ambassador.

— Chris Loesch (@ChrisLoesch) August 22, 2012

https://twitter.com/WGlibrarian/status/238158114078212097

Know who could beat mccaskill and be awesome? @annwagnersenate.

— Tabitha Hale (@TabithaHale) August 22, 2012

I heart @ann4congress. And I would like her to be @annwagnersenate. So you should follow that account.

— Tabitha Hale (@TabithaHale) August 22, 2012

@ramgator After this Akin mess, I wish we could run a woman, Ann Wagner would be perfect and the party would rally around her. #MOSen

— Andrea Chapman (@STL_Blonde) August 22, 2012

@ToddAkin can make it happen! RT @TabithaHale: I heart @ann4congress. And I would like her to be @annwagnersenate. So you should follow

— EyeOnFreedom (@EyeOnFreedom) August 22, 2012

I could get behind an @annwagnersenate push. She is future POTUS material. #MOSen

— Chris Loesch (@ChrisLoesch) August 22, 2012

Folks a 3rd party run in #MoSen is a sure way to hand Clair the victory. I hope he still steps down. Has till the 25th. Ann Wagner now!

— Chris Loesch (@ChrisLoesch) August 22, 2012

Sounds good to me RT @Mommentator: I said it last night on @FTR__Radio and I'll say it again, @Ann4Congress should have been Senate choice.

— Sarah Rumpf (@rumpfshaker) August 22, 2012

https://twitter.com/Patriotlonestar/status/238264931231875072

Do it. Just do it! @benshapiro: "There is a legit legal loophole in MO that would allow Todd Akin to switch ballot slots with…Ann Wagner"

— Jim R (@Bassmaster12) August 22, 2012

AllI hear myself saying these days is "Help us Ann Wagner you're our only hope" CC: @Ann4Congress

— tsrblke (@tsrblke) August 22, 2012

This'd be fantastic! RT @BrentTeichman: Ann Wagner buzz increases as @ToddAkin doubt lingers http://t.co/1mI3AUk8 #MOsen (cc: @636benjamin)

— Ben Cook (@Skitzzo) August 22, 2012

Forget @Ann4Congress. Ann for Senate! @JedediahBila @HeyTammyBruce @PaulRyanVP @FreedomWorks pic.twitter.com/DPooLyJp

— David Hisbrook (@DavidHisbrook) August 22, 2012

Ann Wagner for Senate would be literally THE perfect solution to this problem. I hope she's watching and taking note…

— Liz Mair (@LizMair) August 22, 2012

The more I hear about the potential of Ann Wagner switching out w Akin the more I like it! http://t.co/9F2QXBXq #tbrs #tcot

— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) August 22, 2012

Morale on the Right has taken a considerable hit in the wake of the Akin debacle, but the buzz about Wagner could be just what conservatives need to reenergize.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/08/22/missouri-national-conservatives-rally-around-ann-wagner-as-todd-akin-replacement/