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Patch's Poll: Do You Think Todd Akin Should Have Withdrawn From the Senate Race?

Candidate's remarks over abortion and "legitimate rape" cause an outrage from women's groups, a media firestorm, frustration from fellow party members and questions on how his comments may affect Republicans going forward.

Missouri Congressman Todd Akin said he is staying in the race for the U.S. Senate despite repeated calls from fellow Republicans to bow out over his comments on rape and abortion.

Akin, an incumbent Republican member of the House of Representatives who is running against Democrat Clair McCaskill, sparked outrage earlier this week when he told KTVI in St. Louis that, as he understood it, it is rare for a woman to become pregnant from “legitimate rape,” as “The female body has ways to try and shut that whole thing down.” Akin was answering a question from a journalist with regard to his opinions on abortion.

Akin has since apologized for his comments, but not until after a media firestorm erupted over the past three days with condemnations from women's groups and supporters of reproductive rights. National party leaders called for him to step down, and some members of the GOP right here in Connecticut are distancing themselves from Akin and his remarks.

"Rep. Akin's remarks concerning the 'legitimacy' of rape are outrageous and intolerable," said Steve Obsitnik, a Republican candidate for the Fourth Congressional District in Connecticut. "His beliefs are an affront to victims, and all women, and do not reflect the views of the party I'm running to represent.”

Connecticut U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon told The New Haven Register that Akin’s remarks were “reprehensible.”

On Tuesday, the deadline to withdraw passed in Missouri, meaning Akin is here to stay as the Republican’s Senate candidate in that state, the Christian Science Monitor reported.

But now the question remains what effect his comments could have on Republicans going forward and in the November election.

Do you think Akin should have withdrawn? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

ted Aub August 23, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Barbaric, disgusting ,and Ignorant
Flowers August 23, 2012 at 12:53 PM
This mans absurd statements expose him as a shallow confused guy in a suit. Great opportunity for the voters to see the light and dump him. He could have fooled us all if he just kept his mouth shut but he had to ramble on and show us how smart he was. Sees like Mayor Joe has this problem sometimes. Know when to shut up or pass the question back to the interviewer.
melinda tillie August 23, 2012 at 03:16 PM
The mans statements aretotally ubsurd but....wait to hear the"R"s next week in Tampa. I think a lot of this will sound the same as their if its from Romney or Ryan orfrom the Cong. from Missouri!After all we all know the head of the ticket sets the polocy I hope that this shows where the "R"s are.After all we all know the top of the ticket sets what the policy will be.OKRomneyandRyan!
Herb August 23, 2012 at 05:04 PM
An example of "WHY EDUCATION IS SO VERY IMPORTANT"
Branford Voter August 23, 2012 at 06:38 PM
He should be investigated.. If found guilty of anything, thrown in the pokey. Let the science of biology begin. The guards should turn a blind eye and allow him (thereby making it legitamate) to be prison raped. Lets give'm twenty or thirty tries to make it happen. If Aiken is not impregnated after a few months of this it just may prove that he is right. Hey, It's all in the wording. Obviously he misspoke. Of course he meant no abortions that resulted in pregnancy from man on man rapes .

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