ST. LOUIS (AP) - Even as members of his own party turn against Republican Congressman Todd Akin for his comments about rape and pregnancy, the incumbent Akin is trying to unseat says he shouldn't be forced out of the U.S. Senate race.
Democratic U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill said at a campaign event in suburban St. Louis today that Missourians should be allowed to make a choice "based on policy, not backroom politics." McCaskill says she's startled that "party bigwigs are coming down" on Akin.
The congressman said in a TV interview Sunday that women are able to prevent pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape." He has apologized and is vowing to continue his bid for higher office. But a growing number of Republicans are urging Akin to abandon the race.
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