CHESTERFIELD, Mo. -- A defiant Todd Akin insisted Friday that he will remain in the Missouri Senate race despite calls from many in his own party to drop his troubled bid.
Akin, a six-term Republican congressman, called a press conference Friday in his St. Louis-area congressional district because, he said, "there's some people who are having trouble understanding our message."
"We're going to be here through the November election and we're going to be here to win," Akin said.
The Republican congressman sparked controversy on Sunday when he said that women's bodies can prevent pregnancy in the event of "legitimate rape." He later apologized for the remark and said he had misspoken.
Still, many in his party, including presidential candidate Mitt Romney, have called for Akin to drop his bid after the comment sparked an unwelcome debate about abortion on the eve of the GOP's nominating convention.