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Todd Akin is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri's 2nd District, best known for his controversial statement on abortion made during his 2012 senate bid.
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Despite Akin's later retraction, his comment about the correlation between rape and pregnancy revived women's health as a 2012 campaign issue and called Akin's political future into question. The majority of Republican leaders and every Democratic leader condemned Akin's remarks. Several of his congressional colleagues called upon the congressman to withdraw from the senate race. The National Senatorial Committee and the advocacy group Crossroads GPS quickly withdrew funding for the campaign,
which Akin pledged to continue nonetheless.
As a result of the controversy, Akin ultimately lost his senate bid in Missouri to McCaskill, who won a sizable 55 percent of the vote to his 39 percent.
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