Funding drying up for Missouri GOP candidate, AP source says

Monday, August 20, 2012 | 2:31 p.m. CDT

WASHINGTON — After saying that women's bodies can prevent pregnancy when they are victims of "legitimate rape," Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin is running into money trouble.

A National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee official told The Associated Press that the group's head, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, called Rep. Todd Akin on Monday. The official said Cornyn told Akin that $5 million in advertising the committee had set aside for the Missouri race would be spent elsewhere.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the conversation was private.

Akin is running against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. He has apologized for the comments but said Monday that he is refusing to leave the race. A message seeking comment on fundraising was left with Akin's campaign.

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