Todd Akin On The Difficulties Of Staying In His Race: 'There Have Been Threats, Both On Life And On Rape'

Todd Akin

Photo: Courtesy of CNN

Missouri Rep. and Senate candidate Todd Akin reiterated Friday that he is staying in the Senate race against incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill. But he said it hasn’t been easy facing the criticism from all over after his controversial comments on rape, pregnancy and abortion. “There have been threats, both on life and on rape,” Akin said during a press conference in Missouri. He said he wouldn’t delve further into details of those threats.

“We’re going to be here through the November election, and we’re going to be here to win,” he said, reaffirming past comments he’s made throughout the week.

Akin continued his theme of “standing up to the party bosses” (see the Facebook cover photo change below), saying it should be up to voters to decide his fate in November.

“The voters made the decision, and this is an election it’s not a selection,” Akin said.

ORIGINAL POST: Akin is holding a press conference Friday around 5:15 p.m. ET, but multiple reports suggest that it’s only to reiterate that he is staying in the Missouri Senate race against incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill. 

Here’s the release from Akin’s campaign:

St. Louis — Todd Akin will hold a press conference in St. Louis County today at 4:15pm central time.  Details to follow.  

That led to immediate speculation that he might be getting ready to call it quits, after two Rasmussen polls over the past two days showed him trailing by a wide margin and hurting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney‘s chances in the state against President Barack Obama.  

But the National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar reported that Akin is only holding the press conference to reiterate that he will stay in the Senate race after his controversial comments suggesting that victims of what he called “legitimate rape” won’t get pregnant. 

Akin, so far, has resisted calls to drop out of the race, telling former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on his radio show that he “misspoke one word, in one sentence, in one day.”

From Kraushaar’s report:

“He just wanted to get himself in front of the Missouri press,” the source said.

The source said that Akin will be announcing that he’s been satisfied with his fundraising efforts since the scandal broke. The source added that the Republican was emboldened to stick in the race after he received a positive reception huddling with conservative activists at a Council for National Policy meeting earlier this week in Tampa.

CNN’s Peter Hamby’s sources told him the same thing.

Akin changed his Facebook cover photo a couple hours ago, the message of which suggests he’s probably going to stay in the race:

Todd Akin

Photo: Facebook/SupportAkin

We’ll bring you further updates as they happen.

LIVE: Watch Akin’s press conference here, courtesy of CBS:

This post has been updated.

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