Repercussions of Rep. Todd Akin's "Legitimate Rape" Comment

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A political controversy in Missouri has the potential to derail a state Senate race. On Sunday, Republican Representative Todd Akin said in an interview that "if it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." Of course, Akin never mentioned the "doctors" with whom he consulted on this, and his gaffe became a top headline by Monday morning.

He's drawn the ire of both parties, casting doubt on whether he has any chance at all to bounce back from this controversy and have a chance in his November Senate race against his Democratic opponent Claire McCaskill. Despite GOP calls to withdraw from the race, Akin has vowed to stay in, saying he's not a "quitter."

The Washington Post reports that, on Monday, the National Republican Senatorial Committee pulled funding from the race in response to Akin's comments, saying he's now endangering the possibility of a Republican majority in the House. Jason Rosenbaum, political reporter for the St. Louis Beacon, has the latest out of Missouri.