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What's keeping Todd Akin in Senate race? (+video)

Republican Senate contender Todd Akin expressed a determination to stay in the race, even amidst advice from others in his party to step down. He says his comments relating to rape boil down to 'one word in one sentence on one day.' 

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A deadline for dropping out of Missouri’s U.S. Senate race passed Tuesday with Republican Todd Akin still in the hunt, despite more withering attacks from his own party.

“Let me just make it clear: We’re not getting out of this race,” Akin said on a conservative St. Louis radio show. “I’m in this for the long haul, and we’re going to win it.”

The unprecedented onslaught spurred by his weekend comments about rape victims came from the highest reaches of the Republican Party and raised new doubts about whether Akin’s campaign could recover.

Even GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney called for Akin to withdraw. So did U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, Missouri’s highest elected Republican, and four former senators from Missouri: John Ashcroft, Jack Danforth, Kit Bond and Jim Talent.


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