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GOP Pulls Campaign Funds From Akin

Monday, 20 Aug 2012 03:58 PM

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Embattled Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., has been told the National Republican Senatorial Committee will not provide campaign funding. The move is the latest effort from the GOP designed to force Akin from the race following his comments about rape and pregnancy, The Washington Post reported.

An aide to NRSC Chairman John Cornyn, R-Texas, told the Post that Cornyn told Akin that the NRSC will not spend money to help his Senate bid and that by staying in the race he is jeopardizing Republican efforts to retake the Senate.

So far, Akin is standing his ground and refusing all entreaties to quit the race.

“The good people of Missouri nominated me, and I’m not a quitter,” Akin told Mike Huckabee on his radio show. “My belief is we’re going to take this thing forward. And, by the grace of God, we’re going to win this race. To quote my old friend John Paul Jones: ‘I’ve not yet begun to fight.'"

Akin ignited the firestorm when he said in an interview that women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in a "legitimate rape." He added that pregnancies in legitimate rape cases are rare.

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