For the last time, Todd Akin is staying in

September 25, 2012

On the last day Missouri Rep. Todd Akin (R) could withdraw from the race against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D), he made clear in a press conference that he's going to keep on keeping on. 

Akin compared himself to Harry Truman, who he said was "pitched overboard" by the "Democrat Party" in his 1940 Senate reelection campaign. Truman made history, he said, and "we're going to do it again."  

Though the event was billed as a news conference, Akin did not take questions. 

McCaskill is already out with a new ad asking, "What will he say next?"

The Fix explained last week that Republicans had given up on trying to push Akin out of the race over his remarks on "legitimate rape," finding that no amount of pressure would convince the religious conservative. 

“God has spoken: Todd is running,” said one Missouri Republican strategist. 

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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