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Akin vows to stay in Senate race after 'legitimate rape' comments
 
Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) announces his candidacy for Senate, in Creve Coeur, Mo., in May 2011: Akin landed himself in hot water after making comments about rapes that result in pregnancy and whether abortion is justifiable in those cases.
Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) announces his candidacy for Senate, in Creve Coeur, Mo., in May 2011: Akin landed himself in hot water after making comments about rapes that result in pregnancy and whether abortion is justifiable in those cases.
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Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) on Monday pledged to continue his campaign to unseat Sen. Claire McCaskill (D), despite loud calls from top-ranking members of his own party to bow out over bizarre and offensive comments he made this weekend on the subject of rape and abortion. Akin claimed that "legitimate rape" victims rarely get pregnant because the "female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." Akin went on Mike Huckabee's radio show on Monday to admit that he had made a "very, very serious error," but maintained that "by the grace of God, we're going to win this race." He later compared himself to Revolutionary War hero John Paul Jones, saying, "I've not yet begun to fight." Meanwhile, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, has reportedly told Akin that the national Republican Party will spend no money to help him get elected and that Akin is scuttling a prime opportunity to pick up a Democratic Senate seat.

 

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