Rep. Todd Akin. (AP File)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - There have been no public calls for embattled Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin to leave the race. But Akin faces a tight deadline if he decides to do so.
Speculation about Akin's future is rampant a day after the Republican said women's bodies are able to prevent pregnancies in "a legitimate rape" situation.
Missouri election law allows candidates to withdraw 11 weeks before Election Day. That means the deadline to exit the Nov. 6 election would be Tuesday at 5 p.m. Otherwise, candidates would need a court order to withdraw.
If Akin were to leave, state law holds that the Republican state committee has two weeks to name a replacement.
The candidate would be required to file within 28 days of Akin's exit.
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