Deadline looming, Akin says he’s staying in Missouri Senate race

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With hours remaining until a preliminary deadline to withdraw, Rep. Todd Akin (R) said he would not step aside as the Republican Senate nominee in Missouri.

Akin, who’s faced growing clamor from fellow Republicans to end his candidacy amid an uproar over his weekend comments about rape, said he believes it is important for him to press forward with his campaign against incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

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