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GOP Senators Decide Todd Akin Isn’t So Bad After All

FILE - This May 17, 2011 file photo shows U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., announcing his candidacy for U.S. Senate, in Creve Coeur, Mo. Akin said in an interview Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012 with St. Louis television station KTVI that pregnancy from rape is "really rare." Akin, who has said he opposes all abortions, said in the interview if a woman is raped, her body "has ways to shut that whole thing down." (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, file)

Just a few days ago, Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin was persona non grata in most Washington Republican circles. But, now that he's definitely not dropping out of his Missouri Senate race, GOP leaders have started to warm to him: Oklahoma senators Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe and South Carolina senators Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham will serve as honorary co-hosts of an Akin fund-raiser on Capitol Hill this coming Wednesday. It's worth noting that all four of those guys hail from some of the country's most solidly Republican states; we don't expect GOPers with anything to lose this November to publicly get behind Akin any time soon.