Todd Akin: I'm Staying in Race
Missouri Senate candidate tells Mike Huckabee he won't quit
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 21, 2012 12:40 PM CDT
Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., announcing his candidacy for U.S. Senate, in Creve Coeur, Mo., in May.   (Jeff Roberson)

(Newser) "Legitimate rape" brouhaha or no, Rep. Todd Akin said again today that he's staying in Missouri's Senate race. Akin has been under intense pressure from fellow Republicans to drop out, but he told Mike Huckabee that those pleas seemed like "a little bit of an overreaction." Akin said he hasn't done anything morally or ethically wrong, but got a "word in the wrong place."

He also reaffirmed his stand as an anti-abortion lawmaker. Akin has been frantically trying to salvage his once-promising bid against incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill in a race long targeted by the GOP as crucial to regaining control of the Senate. "By taking this stand, this is going to strengthen our country," Akin said today. "It will strengthen the Republican Party."