Todd Akin Releases Apology, Asks Forgiveness
The candidate for Missouri Senate issues ad Monday.
The apology comes on the heels of comments he made Sunday on Fox2 about "legitimate rape."
The backlash over the comments went viral Monday, with the story heading up national news broadcasts and leading national Republican groups to withdraw support. President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney both condemned Akin's comments.
The L.A. Times reports that conservative super PAC Crossroads GPS, founded by former Karl Rove, is pulling its ads from the Missouri Senate race. Crossroads had been spending money on ads against McCaskill.
“The act speaks for itself,” Crossroads spokesman Nate Hodson told the Times on Monday.
See a roundup of Patch's previous coverage: Akin Fallout: Patch Coverage of 'Legitimate Rape' Comment.
At some point Monday, Akin's camp booked an appearance on Piers Morgan's CNN show. He canceled later in the day, prompting Morgan to run video of an empty chair while talking about Akin's cancellation. To view the complete video, click here.
Our Patch Republican Influencer Poll showed division among local Republicans as to whether Akin should leave the race. Missouri election law allows candidates to withdraw 11 weeks before Election Day. That means the deadline to exit the Nov. 6 election is 5 p.m. today (Aug. 21).