Todd Akin's Apology Website Removes Fetus Photo, Has Spelling Calamity

Todd Akin's apology website isn't doing much for his damage control.

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A screenshot of Todd Akin's support website

Rep. Todd Akin has a new website, but it's not doing much for the Missouri Republican's damage control.

Democrats and Republicans alike have demanded Akin give up his bid for the Senate since he told a Missouri radio station Sunday that in "a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

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Tuesday, Akin launched a new site called that apologized for his mistake, and featured a photo of a fetus on one side on the page and a photo of his opponent for Senate Claire McCaskill next to President Barack Obama on the other.

The site also misspelled the word "you're" in a sentence that asked supporters to tell McCaskill "your standing with Todd Akin!"

After criticism poured in, the site quickly removed the fetus photo. The word "your" also became "your're," another incorrect spelling, before being replaced by the correct "you're."

Ironically, the words beneath the spelling error on Akin's site read; "I made a mistake. I used the wrong words in the wrong way."

"Classy," Democratic strategist Greg Pinelo wrote on Twitter of the Web site debacle.

Akin had until 5 p.m. Tuesday to give up his Senate bid for another Republican to take his place.

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