GOP Worried by Akin Remarks

    In this Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 file photograph, Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin, R-Missouri, speaks during a forum at a Republican conference in Kansas City, Mo. In the Aug. 7, 2012 primary, voters will decide who will challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

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    Republicans are taking prophylactic measures after Rep. Todd Akin said Sunday that pregnancies are rarely caused by “legitimate rape.” “For God’s sake,” a Republican operative in Missouri said after hearing Akin’s comments. “Defcon 5. Panic for the rest of the ticket. Major intervention needed.” Akin is going head-to-head with incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. “He likely doesn’t understand the severity of his comment, and his response was weak,” one anonymous Republican operative told Politico. “No Republican official or operative has any close bond with him, so no one will defend him.”

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