Akin: ‘We’re going to be here through the November election’

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Missouri Rep. Todd Akin again rejected dropping out of the Missouri Senate rate amid Republican fears that he’s become too politically toxic to win. 

"We’re going to be here through the November election, and we’re going to be here to win," Akin said at a press conference in Missouri arranged on short notice. 

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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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Romney: Akin’s rape comments ‘insulting, inexcusable’

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Updated 10:53 a.m. - Mitt Romney called a Missouri Republican’s comments this weekend about rape “inexcusable,” calling on Rep. Todd Akin to “correct” his remarks.

"Congressman’s Akin comments on rape are insulting, inexcusable, and, frankly, wrong,” Romney told the conservative National Review Online. “Like millions of other Americans, we found them to be offensive.”

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee joined a growing chorus of Republicans in condemning Akin’s comments Sunday that “legitimate rape” rarely results in pregnancy for victims.