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Associated Press
FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2000 file photo, Missouri 2nd District candidate state Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., is congratulated by his supporters upon his victory over Sen. Ted House,  D-St. Charles in Kansas City, Mo. Until this week, Rep. Todd Akin was virtually unknown beyond his district, associated more with his deep religious convictions than any legislative achievements. Long before his comments about women's bodies and "legitimate rape" made him a flashpoint in the fall campaign, this congressional backbencher was a favorite among home-schooling organizations and conservative church groups.  (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Karen Elshout)

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