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Gingrich: Akin Win Could Rebuke GOP Establishment

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Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., address the media on Sept. 24, 2012 in Kirkwood, Mo. (credit: Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., address the media on Sept. 24, 2012 in Kirkwood, Mo. (credit: Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Former presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich says Missouri voters can send a powerful signal to “the moneyed Republican establishment” by electing congressman Todd Akin over Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Gingrich joined Akin for a rally Wednesday with about 100 supporters in Kansas City. He said an Akin victory not only could help Republicans gain a Senate majority but could teach a lesson to national GOP leaders including presidential hopeful Mitt Romney who abandoned Akin after he remarked that women’s bodies have ways of avoiding pregnancy in what Akin called “legitimate rape.”

Akin apologized but rejected calls to quit.

Dozens of McCaskill supporters protested Wednesday’s rally with signs referencing Akin’s rape remark. McCaskill was to campaign later Wednesday in St. Louis her first event since her mother’s death Monday.

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