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Johnson calls on Akin to drop out of Mo. race


Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson is calling on Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin to drop out of the race following comments Akin made about rape.

Akin said in an interview Sunday that women's bodies are able to prevent pregnancies in cases of what he called "a legitimate rape."

Johnson issued a statement Monday saying Akin "should do the right thing for the nation and step aside today, so Missouri Republicans can put forth a candidate that can win in November."

Republican Tommy Thompson, who is running for the Senate in Wisconsin, says he strongly disapproves of Akin's comments but adds whether he drops out of the race is up to him and voters in Missouri.

Thompson's challenger Democrat Tammy Baldwin calls Akin's comments "ignorant, offensive and downright disgusting."

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