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GOP opponent of Sen. McCaskill faces pressure to leave race

The Republican party continues to pressure Rep. Todd Akin (R-Missouri) to drop his campaign against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) due to remarks he made about rape.

Akin, however, insisted on Monday that he will stay in the race despite facing a barrage of criticism for claiming that "legitimate rape" doesn't lead to pregnancy. The controversy troubles Republicans, who view McCaskill as one of the most vulnerable Democrats in their bid to gain control of the Senate.

McCaskill is on a campaign to restrict the amount of federal contracts that tribal and Alaska Native owned businesses can receive. She claims taxpayers aren't getting the most benefit from the 8(a) program.

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Todd Akin rape comments prompt GOP to pull campaign funding, calls to exit race (The Washington Post 8/21)
G.O.P. Trying to Oust Akin From Race for Rape Remarks (The New York Times 8/21)

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