US pending home sales surge in July: NAR

Typically, it’s considered good news to lead an important race. In Missouri, it’s a cause for anger and wild accusations. Rep. Todd Akin’s explosive comments about rape and pregnancy have thrown a bizarre wrench in the Senate race, as partisans on both sides of the aisle claim that pollsters are artificially underestimating the other side’s standing — on purpose. Democratic-leaning pollster Public Policy Polling (PPP) went into the field Monday night — roughly 24 hours after Akin’s initial comments set off a firestorm. …