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Last Chance for Todd Akin to Withdraw After Controversial Comments

By: CNN
By: CNN
FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2012, file photo Republican Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., talks to the media gathered in Chesterfield, Mo., and told them he will stay in the U.S. Senate race despite the uproar over his remarks about rape and pregnancy. Akin's comments awakened the ever-slumbering tensions between the Republican Party's two core wings: social conservatives and corporate interests just as Republicans were hoping for a united front at their convention to nominate Mitt Romney for president. (AP Photo/Sid Hastings, File)

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2012, file photo Republican Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., talks to the media gathered in Chesterfield, Mo., and told them he will stay in the U.S. Senate race despite the uproar over his remarks about rape and pregnancy. Akin's comments awakened the ever-slumbering tensions between the Republican Party's two core wings: social conservatives and corporate interests just as Republicans were hoping for a united front at their convention to nominate Mitt Romney for president. (AP Photo/Sid Hastings, File)

Today is the last day for Missouri Congressman Todd Akin to leave the race for Senate, if he chooses to do so.

Akin has been under fire for comments he made about rape-induced pregnancies, but has said he intends to stay in the game.

Last month during TV interview, he said a woman's body has a way to stop pregnancy during legitimate rapes.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has said Akin should bow out and V-P candidate Paul Ryan, called Akin personally to suggest he step aside.

Under Missouri law, Akin can file a court petition to ensure his name does not appear on most general election ballots and would have to pay for ballot reprints.

In that case, the state Republican committee could choose a replacement candidate.


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