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Published August 21, 2012, 02:40 PM

Akin Refusing to Withdraw from Senate Race

Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin says he's not dropping out of the race despite increasing pressure from a growing list of Republicans. Akin has been scrambling to explain and apologize for his controversial comments on rape and abortion.

By: Karen Travers, ABC News

Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin says he's not dropping out of the race despite increasing pressure from a growing list of Republicans. Akin has been scrambling to explain and apologize for his controversial comments on rape and abortion.

Republicans are trying to push the embattled congressman out of the race against senator Claire McCaskill after this controversial comment:

"If it is a legitimate rape, the female body has ways of trying to shut that whole thing down."

Publicly Akin has dug in his heels. He insists he's not dropping out and in a television ad this morning he begs for forgiveness.

Akin: "Rape is an evil act. I used the wrong words in the wrong way and for that I apologize. The fact is rape can lead to pregnancy."

In this highly charged election season it was inevitable that the controversy would spill over to the presidential campaign. Yesterday Mitt Romney quickly distanced himself from Akin. President Obama also weighed in.

Romney: "His comments about rape were deeply offensive and i can't

defend what he said, i can't defend him."

Obama: "The views expressed were offensive. Rape is rape."

Akin's phone is ringing off the hook as top Republicans put heavy pressure on him to drop out, because they don't think they can beat vulnerable McCaskill with him in the race.

The Republican Senate election campaign has said it will not spend the $5 million it set aside for the Missouri race if he's still the candidate and Karl Rove's independent group has said it won't spend a dime on Akin and will pull its own $2 million out of the race.

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