Akin Resumes Campaigning After Controvercial Comment


Rep. Todd Akin, (R) Missouri, candidate for senator, official portrait obtained from Todd Akin office

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SAVANNAH, Mo. (AP) – Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin has started his first full day on the campaign trail since igniting a furor over his comments that women could thwart pregnancy in cases of what he called “legitimate rape.”

Akin was in the northwest Missouri town of Savannah on Friday, where he spoke to a group of roughly 90 people at the United Electric Cooperative building.

The campaign event started about an hour after the Missouri Farm Bureau announced it will reconsider its endorsement of Akin, an unprecedented move for the group.

Akin again insisted he’s not leaving the race. He says quitting the campaign would set a precedent that party leaders would decide the race instead of voters.

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