US Senate candidate under wraps after rape remarks

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FILE - This May 17, 2011 file photo shows U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., announcing his candidacy for U.S. Senate, in Creve Coeur, Mo. Akin said in an interview Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012 with St. Louis television station KTVI that pregnancy from rape is "really rare." Akin, who has said he opposes all abortions, said in the interview if a woman is raped, her body "has ways to shut that whole thing down." (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, file)
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Embattled Missouri Rep. Todd Akin apologized for his televised comments that women's bodies are able to prevent pregnancies in "a legitimate rape" situation. But he refused to heed calls to abandon his bid for the Senate.

Akin appeared on former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's radio show Monday, saying his comments were wrong.

During the primary campaign, Akin enhanced his standing with TV ads in which Huckabee praised him as "a courageous conservative" and "a Bible-based Christian" who "supports traditional marriage" and "defends the unborn."

Calls for Akin's exit from the race grew Monday, with at least two Republican senators — Scott Brown of Massachussets and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin — saying Akin should depart.

Akin said he's not a quitter and would continue the race against incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

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