Time is ticking for Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin and the GOP can't even get ahold of him in order to talk about Akin's possible removal from the race.
Akin has until 5 p.m. to resign as a candidate in the race in order for another Republican to fill the spot in the general election. But despite Republican PACs vowing to pull money from his race, Akin has promised to stay put.
In an interview with supporter Mike Huckabee, Akin apologized for his comment that "legitimate" rapes rarely resulted in pregnancies.
"Rape is never legitimate," Akin said. "It is an evil act."
Akin doubled down on his apology Monday night, but wouldn't relinquish his position in the race, where according to a Public Policy Polling survey, he still leads by one point.
"I am announcing today that we're going to stay in," he said on Hannity Monday night. "This campaign is more than just one TV interview."
With the Missouri Senate essential in assuring Republican control of the Senate in November, GOP heavyweights are engaging in the issue. NBC Nightly News confirmed that Vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, who once co-sponsored an anti-abortion bill with Akin, called the candidate Monday to pour on the pressure. And several congressional Republicans including Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown and Texas Sen. John Cornyn have publicly called for Akin to get out of the race.
"I recognize that this is a difficult time for him, but Congressman Akin should carefully consider what is best for him, his family, the Republican Party, and the values that he cares about and has fought for throughout his career in public service," says Cornyn, leader of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
It's been an awkward few hours for Akin, who didn't show up for an interview with Piers Morgan Monday, but a apology YouTube ad out Tuesday morning makes it look like he hasn't changed his mind about staying in the race.
"Rape is an evil act. I used the wrong words in the wrong way and for that I apologize," Akin said in the video. "As the father of two daughters, I want tough justice for predators. I have a compassionate heart for victims of sexual assault and I pray for them."
It seems the only people not calling for Akin to resign are Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, his opponent, and her Democratic allies, signaling their hope that Akin remains the candidate in a tight Senate race.
"While I disagree with what he said, he has now in the last few hours really apologized for what he said," McCaskill said. "I think what is startling to me is these party bigwigs are coming down on him and saying that he needs to kick sand in the face of the Republican primary voters."
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