WASHINGTON (AP) — A Missouri Republican Senate candidate under pressure to abandon his campaign after saying that women’s bodies can prevent pregnancy when they are victims of “legitimate rape” is running into money trouble.
A National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee official tells The Associated Press that the group’s head, Texas Sen. John Cornyn, called Rep. Todd Akin on Monday. The official says that Cornyn told Akin that $5 million in advertising the committee had set aside for the Missouri race would be spent elsewhere.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the conversation was private.
Akin is running against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. He has apologized for the comments, but said Monday he is refusing to leave the race. A message seeking comment on fundraising was left with Akin’s campaign.
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