A defiant Rep. Todd Akin dismissed pleas from top Republicans to abandon his besieged Senate campaign Tuesday, saying party leaders including presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney were overreacting to his comments that women’s bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of “legitimate rape.”

Akin, who has been frantically trying to salvage his once-promising bid against incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill, said the uproar surrounding the remarks was out of proportion with his mistake – misspeaking “one word in one sentence on one day.”

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GOP Candidate Staying In Senate Race In Wake Of ‘Legitimate Rape’ Controversy
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