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Akin tops $1M in online donations for Senate race

By The Associated Press
October 9, 2012 | 7:09 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Republican challenger Todd Akin says he has topped $1 million in online donations for his campaign against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri.

Akin mounted an aggressive online fundraising drive in mid-August after losing the financial backing of some Republican groups because of his remarks about women's bodies having ways of avoiding pregnancy in what he described as "legitimate rape."

Akin has apologized repeatedly since then and has regained the support of some Republicans. But Akin acknowledges that he is being outspent substantially by McCaskill on TV ads across Missouri.

Last week, McCaskill said she had raised $5.8 million from July through September. Akin has not yet released his quarterly fundraising figures. Those financial reports are due to the federal government Monday.

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