Akin Reaffirms He's Staying In Missouri Senate Race

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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UPDATE: Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A spokesman for Senate Republicans' campaign arm says Rep. Todd Akin is putting issues he cares about at risk by staying in the Missouri Senate race and says Akin's "misguided" campaign will get no support from the group.

Akin has come under intense pressure to exit the race after saying women could prevent pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape." But he reiterated plans Tuesday to continue his bid.

National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman Brian Walsh says the group continues to hope Akin "will do the right thing" and exit the race.

The NRSC previously told Akin it would drop $5 million in advertising it had planned for his race. Walsh reiterated that threat Tuesday.

Walsh says Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill stands to gain from Akin staying continuing his campaign.

UPDATE: Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Rep. Todd Akin has reiterated his intention to stay in the Missouri Senate race after making comments that women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape."

Akin told former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on a Tuesday radio show that he was staying in because there were people who feel they aren't represented by the major political parties.

He also reaffirmed his stand as an anti-abortion lawmaker.

Akin has been frantically trying to salvage his once-promising bid against incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill in a race long targeted by the GOP as crucial to regaining control of the Senate.

UPDATE: Tuesday, August 21, 2012

As some powerful Republicans continue to press their party's Senate candidate in Missouri to leave the race over his comments about rape and abortion, one anti-abortion group is coming to his defense.

Missouri Right to Life, which opposes a woman's right to an abortion even in cases of rape and incest, says Todd Akin has shown what it calls a "consistent defense of innocent unborn human life."

But another group that opposes abortion, the Christian Defense Coalition, is calling on him to drop out, saying his comments are "offensive, repugnant and troubling."

Akin just has a few hours left before a significant deadline. If he's going to drop out of his Senate race against incumbent Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill, he has to do so by day's end. After that, a court order would be needed to remove a name from the ballot.

Many of Akin's fellow Republicans are urging him to drop out, in the aftermath of his statement that women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape."

Akin today posted a video online, apologizing for his remarks.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

On a day when his political future might be decided, Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri is airing a new television advertisement apologizing again for his comments that women can somehow prevent pregnancy after "legitimate rapes."

Akin faces a 5 p.m. deadline Tuesday to decide whether he will withdraw from his Senate race against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill. He has been pressured by some Republican leaders to leave the race since making his comments during a TV interview Sunday.

In an advertisement airing Tuesday, Akin says he used the "wrong words in the wrong way" and asked for voters' forgiveness. He calls rape an evil act and acknowledges it can lead to pregnancy.

Akin does not comment in the ad on whether he plans to stay in the race.

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