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Crossroads pulls ads in Missouri Senate race after Akin ‘legitimate rape’ comment

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Alexis Levinson
Political Reporter

Crossroads GPS has removed its Senate race ads from the Missouri airwaves in the wake of controversial comments made by Republican nominee and U.S. Senate hopeful Rep. Todd Akin.

Politico first reported that Crossroads would pull its ads. The news comes the day after Akin, speaking about his position on abortion in a television interview, claimed that abortion in cases of rape was rarely an issue because “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

The advocacy group had spent millions of dollars on ads in the state to help oust the incumbent, Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, considered one of the most vulnerable incumbents this cycle. The group made a new buy just last week, CNN reported.

“The act speaks for itself,” Crossroads Spokesman Nate Hodson told Politico, when asked for comment.

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