Despite encouragement from fellow Republicans, Representative Todd Akin has refused to exit a tight Senate race in Missouri. Following comments he made about rape, a new poll shows his lead ahead of Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill has narrowed from 10 points to 1.
Congressman Todd Akin vowed to fight on despite the storm over his comments that women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of 'legitimate rape.' He was once seen as a strong challenger to incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill in Missouri.
Republicans worry Representative Todd Akin's ill-conceived comments about pregnancy and rape will cost them a Senate race in Missouri. Akin's comments played into an assertion of Democrats, that Republicans are out of touch with women's rights.
Following comments U.S. Representative Todd Akin made over the weekend about rape, the GOP is encouraging him to give up his nomination in a Senate race in Missouri. Akin has lost Republican financial backing, but he has so far resisted stepping down.
With the uproar over his comment on 'legitimate rape,' Missouri Rep. Todd Akin has likely hurt his chances at beating Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) in November. Control of the Senate hangs in the balance – and Akin is resisting calls to exit the race.
Todd Akin's remark on 'legitimate rape' set off a firestorm, including within Republican ranks. If he were to drop out of the Missouri Senate race before 5 p.m. Tuesday, the state party can nominate a replacement.
Congressman Todd Akin (R) of Missouri said he opposes abortion in rape cases because women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in "a legitimate rape" and that conception is rare in such cases. A Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape, said a Mitt Romney spokeswoman.
Pressure is mounting on Mitt Romney to 'go bold' with his VP pick, even if the assumption is that he'll play it safe. A three-day bus tour at week's end is being eyed as a good time to make an announcement.