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August 20, 2012

Akin vows to continue as money, support dries up

WASHINGTON — Todd Akin, the Missouri Republican Senate candidate under pressure to abandon his campaign after saying that women's bodies can prevent pregnancy when they are victims of "legitimate rape," is now running into money trouble.

A National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee official has told The Associated Press that the group's head, Texas Sen. John Cornyn, called U.S. Rep. Todd Akin on Monday. The official says that Cornyn told Akin that $5 million in advertising the committee had set aside for the Missouri race would be spent elsewhere.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the conversation was private.

Akin is running against Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill. A message seeking comment on fundraising was left with Akin's campaign.

Calls for Akin's exit from the race grew Monday, with at least two Republican senators -- Scott Brown of Massachusetts and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin -- saying he should resign the party's nomination.

But Akin, who has served six terms, pledged to continue the race.

"The good people of Missouri nominated me, and I'm not a quitter," he said. "And my belief is we're going to take this thing forward and by the grace of God, we're going to win this race."

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