Rep. Todd Akin (left), Missouri Republican Senate candidate, accompanied by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, speaks during a news conference Sept. 24, 2012, in Kirkwood, Mo. Akin is seeking to unseat Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill in the November election. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Todd Akin (left), Missouri Republican Senate candidate, accompanied by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, speaks during a news conference Sept. 24, 2012, in Kirkwood, Mo. Akin is seeking to unseat Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill in the November election. (Associated Press)