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GOP urges Akin to quit Senate race by Tues. deadline
 
Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) talks with reporters while attending the Missouri State Fair on Aug. 16, just days before putting his campaign in jeopardy with absurd claims about rape.
Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) talks with reporters while attending the Missouri State Fair on Aug. 16, just days before putting his campaign in jeopardy with absurd claims about rape.
AP Photo/Orlin Wagner

Todd Akin, the Republican Senate candidate under the microscope for his controversial remarks about rape, is facing intense pressure from GOP lawmakers to call it quits Tuesday. House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, and National Republican Senatorial Committee boss John Cornyn have all urged the Missourian to reconsider his candidacy. Akin created an uproar over the weekend, when he suggested in an interview that a woman's body could somehow prevent pregnancy in the case of "legitimate rape." Akin, who insists he will not pull the plug on his campaign, has until 6 p.m. to change his mind and withdraw his candidacy with "little difficulty." After that, the procedures for dropping out get much more complicated.

 

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