In Missouri Senate race, GOP engages in a standoff

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Associated Press

Posted on September 1, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 1 at 12:02 PM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The nation's top Republicans and Missouri's embattled GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate are playing a game of political chicken.

Republican leaders insist Rep. Todd Akin should quit the race because of his inflammatory remarks about rape and pregnancy. Akin insists he is in it to win it and says the Republican establishment should support him if they want to gain control of the Senate from Democrats.

Each side remains firm that the other should blink.

If Akin refuses to quit, and deep-pocketed Republicans refuse to finance him, some Republicans worry that they will have essentially handed the election to Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Akin has apologized repeatedly since an Aug. 19 interview in which he said women's bodies can avert pregnancy in cases of what he termed "legitimate rape."

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