By Susan Redden, Eli Yokley
Globe Staff Writer
JOPLIN, Mo. —
A leading donor to Republican campaigns in Missouri, Joplin’s David Humphreys, denounced Todd Akin’s weekend comments about rape and abortion with a single statement emailed to the Globe today: “Akin is a moron,” said Humphreys.
Akin, the Missouri Republican Senate candidate, is under pressure to abandon his campaign after saying that women’s bodies can prevent pregnancy when they are victims of “legitimate rape.
An official with the National Republican Senatorial Campaign today has said the group, led by Texas Sen. John Cornyn, called Akin today and told him that $5 million in advertising the committee had set aside for the Missouri race would be spent elsewhere.