U.S. Representative Todd Akin says he's 'totally in' Senate race after 'legitimate rape' comment

WASHINGTON (CNN) - U.S. Rep. Todd Akin returned to Capitol Hill Monday for the first time since his comments about "legitimate rape" caused widespread condemnation from fellow Republicans, some of whom called on Akin to drop his bid for Missouri's U.S. Senate seat.

Trailed by reporters asking him about his plans for the Senate race as he walked out of the House chamber Monday, Akin said "I'm in, totally in."

"Our polling data says we're going to win this so that's the plan and that's what we're focused on," Akin continued.

The Missouri Republican, who in August suggested that victims of so-called "legitimate rape" rarely get pregnant, said Monday if national party leaders decide to give him campaign money, he would expect to see it after September 25th.

He did not answer directly when asked if he's talked with any leaders of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which supports Republican candidates for Senate, or any other outside groups.

"I just feel like we're doing very well in getting out in the streets of Missouri," Akin said. "Things are going incredibly well."

Akin said he's heard from people all over Missouri who are encouraging him to remain steadfast in his decision to keep running against incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, who Republicans regard as vulnerable in her bid for re-election.

"The sense is like this: "Hey party bosses, hey, we've already voted. The party bosses want to put somebody else in. Don't you give up. You stay there and you fight. That's what I'm getting."

Asked if he's guaranteeing he'll be the GOP candidate after the September 25th deadline to replace him with another candidate, Akin said, "That's what I'm saying. I've tried to say it about five times."


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