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Losing candidates get new focus after Akin comment

August 20, 2012
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KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The two losing candidates in the Republican primary for Missouri's U.S. Senate seat are getting renewed attention after comments by the party's nominee about rape.

Six-term Congressman Todd Akin said in a television interview Sunday that women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in "a legitimate rape" situation. He was responding to a question about abortions for rape victims.

Sarah Steelman, who finished third in the primary with 29 percent of the vote, tweeted Monday that Akin's comments were inexcusable, insulting and embarrassing to the GOP.

A telephone message was left by The Associated Press for John Brunner, who received 30 percent of the vote in the race.

No candidate would automatically take Akin's place if he leaves the race. The Republican state committee would have two weeks to name a replacement.

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