Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally at Horizontal Wireline Services July 17, 2012 in Irwin, Pennsylvania.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is calling on Republican Todd Akin to abandon his Senate bid in Missouri following the congressman's comments about rape.
Romney on Tuesday pointed to a statement from a group of current and former Missouri legislators who urged Akin to drop his bid against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.
Romney says, quote, "I think he should accept their counsel and exit the Senate race."
Akin said that a woman's body has ways to prevent pregnancy in cases of what he called "legitimate rape."
Romney had previously denounced Akin's comments, but he had not yet urged the Missouri congressman to drop out.
Akin has vowed to stay in the race and has described the calls to leave an "overreaction."
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