Moments after Todd Akin told Mike Huckabee that he would remain in the Missouri Senate race, National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn released this statement:

“Congressman Akin’s statements were wrong, offensive and indefensible.  I recognize that this is a difficult time for him, but over the next twenty-four hours, Congressman Akin should carefully consider what is best for him, his family, the Republican Party, and the values that he cares about and has fought for throughout his career in public service."

Behind the scenes, Cornyn has informed Akin that the national GOP will not spend money on the race. Akin must decide by Tuesday whether he will remain in the Missouri Senate race against Claire McCaskill.