A 5 p.m. deadline to remove his name from the ballot in Missouri came and went Tuesday as Aiken vowed to stay in the race, claiming he “represents a conservative movement that must be heard.”
But what voters heard most from Akin was his comment in a televised interview this past Sunday when he responded to a question about allowing abortions for rape victims with:
It seems to me, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.
The comment sparked widespread controversy and criticism, not only from Democrats and women’s rights groups, but also from Republicans and conservatives, including GOP vice presidential pick and tea party favorite Paul Ryan.
But Ryan says hell no, he won’t go.
“We are going to continue in this race for U.S. Senate,” Akin said Tuesday.
Presumptive GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney felt otherwise.
“Today, his fellow Missourians urged him to step aside and I think he should accept their counsel and exit the Senate race,” Romney said.
Since his comments about rape victims aired, Akin’s once commanding lead over McCaskill has disappeared and his campaign donations are drying up. National GOP committees have threatened to withdraw their financial support as well.