** FILE ** Rep. W. Todd Akin, the Republican Senate candidate in Missouri, speaks during a news conference in Kirkwood, Mo., on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is campaigning with the hopeful. (Associated Press)

** FILE ** Rep. W. Todd Akin, the Republican Senate candidate in Missouri, speaks during a news conference in Kirkwood, Mo., on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is campaigning with the hopeful. (Associated Press)