JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Congressman Todd Akin has publicly thanked God for hearing the prayers of his supporters and granting him victory in Missouri's Republican U.S. Senate primary.
The only ballot item that received more votes than the GOP Senate race was a constitutional amendment on prayer, which motivated many Christian voters and may have helped Akin win the nomination to face Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.
Voters overwhelmingly passed an amendment to the Missouri Constitution expanding the existing right to worship God with a more explicit guarantee of public prayer and a new privilege for students to opt out of assignments that run contrary to their religious beliefs.
Akin had the endorsement of more than 100 pastors, including one of the nation's most famous pastors-turned-politicians, former presidential candidate and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
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