American Crossroads president calls on Akin to step aside

The president of the Republican group American Crossroads is calling on Missouri Rep. Todd Akin to abandon his Senate bid for comments he made over the weekend about abortion access for rape victims.

"Rep. Akin faces a simple choice: Will he help Democrats hold the McCaskill seat and potentially the Senate majority by staying in the race, or will he help Republicans defeat Barack Obama's most reliable ally in the Senate by getting out?" said American Crossroads President and CEO Steven Law in a statement.

Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, a super PAC affiliated with American Crossroads, announced Monday it would stop funding ads for Akin in Missouri, but did not elaborate on the decision.

"The act speaks for itself," Crossroads GPS spokesman Nate Hodson said at the time.

Akin said as late as Tuesday that he intends to stay in the race.