By Kathleen Hunter, Bloomberg
Missouri Republican Todd Akin said national money from party supporters could start flowing to his Senate campaign once a Sept. 25 deadline passes for him to petition the stateâ€™s courts to remove his name from the ballot.
Back on Capitol Hill for the first time since he said in an Aug. 19 television interview that â€œlegitimate rapeâ€ rarely results in pregnancy, Akin told reporters today that national groups may reconsider and back his bid to unseat Democrat Claire McCaskill.
â€œI would expect, if thatâ€™s going to happen, youâ€™ll see it after about the 25th,â€ Akin, a Missouri congressman, said after leaving the House floor, where he chatted with a number of fellow Republican lawmakers.
Akin vowed he is staying in the race, resisting pressure from party leaders, including presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who called Akinâ€™s remarks about rape â€œoutrageous.â€
â€œIâ€™m not getting out,â€ Akin said. â€œOur polling data and everything says weâ€™re going to win this race. Thatâ€™s the plan and thatâ€™s what weâ€™re focused on.â€
Following Akinâ€™s comments, Crossroads GPS, a nonprofit group that former George W. Bush political adviser Karl Rove helped create, announced it was pulling out of the state, canceling millions of dollars in planned advertisements. The National Republican Senatorial Committee said it wonâ€™t spend money on the race so long as Akin is the nominee.
Speaking at an Aug. 30 donor breakfast at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Rove joked that Akin might be â€œfound mysteriously murdered.â€ Rove later called Akin and apologized.
Akin, who beat St. Louis businessman John Brunner and former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman in an Aug. 7 primary, said he had been hearing from â€œpeople all over the stateâ€ who were urging him not to let â€œparty bossesâ€ thwart the will of the people.
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