Republican Sen. Jim Talent of Missouri early Wednesday conceded defeat to Democrat Claire McCaskill after a hard-fought race, telling supporters that “the headwind was just very, very strong this year.”
McCaskill was backed by actor and stem-cell-research advocate Michael J. Fox.
I leave it to more knowledgeable political analysts to determine just how much of a role stem cells played in the race–but it was undoubtedly a prominent issue. So in some sense, reaction against the “war on science” might have cost Jim Talent dearly.