Todd Akin defies party: ‘We’re going to stay in’

In a radio interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) reiterated his intention to stay in the Senate race. "I'm announcing today that we're going to stay in," he said. "I will continue to apologize."

Akin said he was aware that "a decision has to be made by 5 o'clock tomorrow." That gives the GOP 24 hours to really put the pressure on, but for now Akin is not giving in.

Conservative host Hannity came close to asking Akin to drop out saying he was giving Democrats "a ton of ammunition" and "putting the Senate and even the top of the ticket in jeopardy in Missouri." But the lawmaker was unmoved. "People will understand when you tell them, look I'm not perfect," he said. "It's possible to make mistakes." He still thinks he's "in the strongest position" to take on Sen. Claire McCaskill (D). 

Akin also elaborated a little on his "legitimate rape" comments: “I had heard from medical reports that rape is such a traumatic thing that there’s a reaction. But that’s wrong.” So that's cleared up.

On Mike Huckabee's radio show earlier Monday afternoon, Akin announced that he would continue his campaign. But that was before some powerful Republicans kindly suggested he reconsider.

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