The Washington Times - August 21, 2012, 08:11AM

Former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis of Alabama, who will be speaking at the Republican National Convention next week, said Tuesday the presence of Missouri Rep. W. Todd Akin, who’s running for the U.S. Senate, on the ballot very well could turn the state blue.

“He’s not going to win this race, and it’s very possible that he could cost Mitt Romney the state,” Mr. Davis said on CNN’s “Starting Point.” “So while all of us feel sympathy for someone who says something dumb — we’ve all done that — these comments are beyond the pale; they’re incredibly offensive to women all over the country.”

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Mr. Akin has come under heavy pressure from Republicans to drop out of the race against incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill after making comments Sunday in a local television interview that rape victims were less likely to become pregnant in cases of “legitimate rape.” He has since apologized and has vowed not to quit.

“What a remarkably thoughtless, offensive set of comments,” Mr. Davis said. “He’s wrong on the substance; he was incredibly wrong and foolish in the way he talked about the issue.”