Crazy or not Akin not giving up his U.S. Senate candidacy

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-Despite everyone and their brother along with the Republican leadership urging him to give up his U.S. Senate candidacy.  Todd Akin is either a genius or crazy because Tuesday afternoon Akin said he would not step out of the senate race and has passed the deadline to remove his name from the ballot on his own.

Now to remove his name, he would have until six weeks before the election to receive a court order and pay a penalty if ballots have been printed.

Speaking on conservative talk radio host Sean Hannity’s show on Tuesday afternoon, Akin said he has heard calls publicly from Romney and personally from Vice Presidential hopeful Paul Ryan, but does not plan to leave the race.
“All of a sudden you have everyone saying you’re endangering the entire party.

Don’t you think that’s a little hyperbole,” Akin said. “Why couldn’t he run his race, and I’ll run mine?”

Akin, who has faced a firestorm of criticism after saying that women’s bodies can somehow shut down pregnancies in cases of “legitimate rape,” apologized for the comment, which he said he made the comment after remembering “some articles I read along time ago that have since proved false.”

Romney, along with the National Republican Senatorial Committee, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, and the other living Republican former Senators, put up a united front Tuesday calling on Akin to leave the race to challenge Democrat Claire McCaskill.

National strategists have moved the Missouri race from a toss-up to lean-Democrat because the party establishment has vowed to abandon Akin’s candidacy.

The NRSC and American Crossroads, two groups that had pledged significant funding for Missouri, said Tuesday they will not spend any money promoting Akin’s candidacy.

Akin has passed the deadline to remove his name from the ballot on his own. Now to remove his name, he would have until six weeks before the election to receive a court order and pay a penalty if ballots have been printed.