JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A conservative fundraising group has endorsed Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin and is pledging to direct $290,000 to the Republican's campaign against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.
The announcement Thursday by the Senate Conservatives Fund marks the most high-profile financial commitment Akin has received as he seeks to recover from the loss of millions of dollars of planned advertising by other national groups that aid Republicans. Those groups withdrew their support after Akin remarked last month that women's bodies have ways of averting pregnancy in cases of what he called "legitimate rape."
Akin has apologized repeatedly since then. He's hoping that his campaign can regain momentum, now that he has let pass a final deadline to drop out of the race.