Akin Endorsed by Santorum, DeMint

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Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Rep. Todd Akin on Sept. 24, 2012 in Kirkwood, Missouri.

First Newt Gingrich. Now Rick Santorum and Jim DeMint.

These are the latest high-profile Republicans to put their support behind Missouri Republican Todd Akin.

“Todd Akin is a principled conservative who is committed to winning and fighting for freedom in the U.S. Senate,” said DeMint, the junior senator from South Carolina, in a joint statement issued with Santorum, former Pennsylvania senator and presidential hopeful. “If Republicans are to win back the Senate and stop President Obama’s liberal agenda, we must defeat Senator Claire McCaskill,” the statement said.

Yesterday the embattled Senate candidate confirmed he was staying in the race, and got the backing of former House Speaker and presidential candidate Gingrich, who campaigned with him. Akin has not wavered in his battle, even after Mitt Romney and other party leaders urged him to abandon his efforts to unseat Sen. Claire McCaskill, a first-term Democrat. after a televised interview in which Akin said that “legitimate rape” rarely results in pregnancy. Yesterday was the last day he could get a court order to withdraw.

“I think the money’s going to be coming,” Akin said at his campaign stop yesterday. He also said he believes other national Republican groups will come back to support him in the final days leading up to the election. After Akin’s controversial comments, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and Crossroads GPS stopped spending any money on the contest.

Akin also has been endorsed by one other one-time Republican presidential hopeful, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

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