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Former Republican Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri argues he was the victim of a "political assassination" and says he stands by point that the probability of pregnancy in the cases of rape are less than it would be otherwise. Shortly after winning his party's nomination for the Senate in August 2012, Mr. Akin said in a radio interview that women's bodies could somehow block an unwanted pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape." (Associated Press)

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Former Republican Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri argues he was the victim of a "political assassination" and says he stands by point that the probability of pregnancy in the cases of rape are less than it would be otherwise. Shortly after winning his party's nomination for the Senate in August 2012, Mr. Akin said in a radio interview that women's bodies could somehow block an unwanted pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape." (Associated Press)

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Rep. Todd Akin, Missouri Republican and U.S. Senate candidate, is backed by family members as he concedes to Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill on Nov. 6, 2012, in Chesterfield, Mo. (Associated Press)

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Gail Bowman of St. Louis reacts Nov. 6, 2012, after hearing that Todd Akin, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Missouri, lost to Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill during Akin's watch party in Chesterfield, Mo. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., smiles as she stands next to her husband, Joseph Shepard, while declaring victory over challenger Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., in the Missouri Senate race Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Missouri U.S. Senate candidate, Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., is greeted by his long-time neighbor and friend, Pastor Ruth Anderson at their polling place, Star Bridge Christian Center, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Wildwood, Mo. Akin is running against incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbes) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT

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** FILE ** Republican Rep. Todd Akin speaks as he takes on Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill during the second debate in the Missouri Senate race Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, in Clayton, Mo. (AP Photo/Emily Rasinski)

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** FILE ** Republican Rep. Todd Akin speaks as he takes on Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill during the second debate in the Missouri Senate race Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, in Clayton, Mo. (AP Photo/Emily Rasinski)

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Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (right) speaks Sept. 21, 2012, as she looks toward Republican challenger Rep. Todd Akin during the first debate in the Missouri Senate race in Columbia, Mo. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this Feb 18, 2012, file photo, Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin, R-Missouri, waves to the crowd while introduced at a senate candidate forum during a Republican conference in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

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** FILE ** In this Feb 18, 2012, file photo, Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin, R-Missouri, waves to the crowd while introduced at a senate candidate forum during a Republican conference in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (right) speaks Sept. 21, 2012, as she looks toward Republican challenger Rep. Todd Akin during the first debate in the Missouri Senate race in Columbia, Mo. (Associated Press)

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Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (right) speaks Sept. 21, 2012, as she looks toward Republican challenger Rep. Todd Akin during the first debate in the Missouri Senate race in Columbia, Mo. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this Feb 18, 2012, file photo, Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin, R-Missouri, waves to the crowd while introduced at a senate candidate forum during a Republican conference in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

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Alaina Carnan of Lexington, Ky., works Aug. 21, 2012, in the Senate campaign office of Rep. Todd Akin, Missouri Republican, in Chesterfield, Mo. Akin has come under pressure to abandon his Senate campaign after his comments that women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape." (Associated Press)

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Alaina Carnan of Lexington, Ky., works Aug. 21, 2012, in the Senate campaign office of Rep. Todd Akin, Missouri Republican, in Chesterfield, Mo. Akin has come under pressure to abandon his Senate campaign after his comments that women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape." (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this Feb 18, 2012, file photo, Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin, R-Missouri, waves to the crowd while introduced at a senate candidate forum during a Republican conference in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)