Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., is doing his best to blow his race against Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. On Sunday Akin defended his opposition to abortion even in cases of rape by stating that pregnancy from rape is really rare. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” he said – a claim not supported by science. McCaskill was quick to respond: “It is beyond comprehension that someone can be so ignorant about the emotional and physical trauma brought on by rape.” Akin later claimed he “misspoke.” In the past few days, Akin also has said he wants to re-litigate civil rights law and compared federal student loans to stage 3 cancer.
UPDATE: Several top Republicans are calling on Akin to drop out of his race against McCaskill so that the party can nominate someone else. So far he is refusing.