Akin Officially Stays in Mo. Race

    KIRKWOOD, MO - SEPTEMBER 24:  U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) and Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (not pictured) address the media on September 24, 2012 in Kirkwood, Missouri. Gingrich was in the St. Louis area to attend a fundraiser for Akin's U.S. Senate campaign against incumbent Claire McCaskill. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)

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    The deadline has come and gone. Despite calls from Republican Party leaders like Mitt Romney and the Republican Senatorial Committee to drop out of the Missouri Senate race, Todd Akin is officially on the ballot, after the last day he could legally withdraw his name passed Tuesday. Akin was urged to leave the race after his controversial assertion that victims of “legitimate rape” rarely become pregnant ignited a firestorm of debate. Incumbent Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill responded to Akin’s decision to continue his Senate bid by posting a blistering video ad on her website attacking his comments. The liberal super PAC American Bridge also released a video counting down the “top ten crazy Akin moments.”

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