Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin (R) is staying in the race, he stated today on The Dana Show and The Mike Huckabee Show. “I haven’t done anything morally or ethically wrong,” said Akin to Huckabee, two days after commenting on local television that in cases of “legitimate rape … the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Akin, who has apologized for the comments, insisted that the media backlash against him has been “a little bit of an overreaction.”

Akin also said, “We believe this stand is going to strengthen our country, going to strengthen, ultimately, the Republican Party.”

That’s not what the Republican Party believes, to be sure. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said yesterday on national television that Akin should drop out of the race, and shouldn’t show up to the Republican National Convention. Senators Scott Brown (R-MA) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) called on Akin to leave. American Crossroads, a super PAC run by Karl Rove, said they’d pull their cash out of the campaign; so did the National Republican Senatorial Committee. In fact, there was virtual unanimity across the conservative spectrum that Akin should drop out.

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