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Missouri Rep. Todd Akin, right, listens to Paul Ryan, R-Wis., before a news conference on Ryan’s budget agenda in April 2011, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Akin’s Senate campaign is under fire after he “misspoke,” and other Republicans are withdrawing their backing of him.

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Akin defies GOP leaders

Rep. Todd Akin defied the nation’s top Republicans Tuesday to forge ahead with his besieged Senate campaign, declaring that GOP leaders were overreacting by abandoning him because of comments that women’s bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of “legitimate rape.”

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