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Ann Wagner buzz increases as Todd Akin doubt lingers [UPDATED]

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      Matt K. Lewis

      Matt K. Lewis is a senior contributor to The Daily Caller, and a contributing editor for The Week. He is a respected commentator on politics and cultural issues, and has been cited by major publications such as The Washington Post and The New York Times. Matt is from Myersville, MD and currently resides in Alexandria, VA. Follow Matt K. Lewis on Twitter <a>@mattklewis</a>.

Yesterday, NRO’s Katrina Trinko reported that a “Missouri GOP consultant e-mails that Ann Wagner, currently the Republican candidate in Todd Akin’s congressional district, may trade places with Akin.”

Obviously, that didn’t happen prior to the 5pm deadline — which would have allowed Akin to drop out unilaterally, without penalty or a court order. But he seems to be leaving the door open (a crack, at least), to a possible exit.

But now, I’m starting to hear grumblings that some of Akin’s remaining Missouri supporters are debating whether or not to abandon him — and throw their rhetorical weight behind Wagner. Support from some national conservatives is also bubbling up. For example,’s Ben Shapiro tweeted this:

And Republican strategist Liz Mair tweets:

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

Who knows where this will lead, but last night, the twitter handle @AnnWagnerSenate popped up. I’ll be keeping an eye on that…

UPDATE: A source close to the Wagner campaign emails me this: “Ann Wagner will NOT swap with Todd Akin nor is she interested in any kind of ‘deals’ like that.”