Akin has apologized for the comments, but as of Tuesday afternoon was
vowing to stay in the race
. His refusal to withdraw came even as John Ashcroft, Christopher “Kit” Bond, John Danforth, and Jim Talent joined Missouri’s other sitting U.S. Senator, Roy Blunt, in calling on him to make way for someone else to take on McCaskill.
“We do not believe it serves the national interest for Congressman Todd Akin to stay in this race,” the five prominent Show Me State Republicans said in a statement. “The issues at stake are too big, and this election is simply too important. The right decision is to step aside.”
Danforth, spent 18 years as a U.S. senator, joined
in 1995 after retiring from the legislative body. He went on to serve as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations during the second Bush administration before
returning to Bryan Cave as a partner in 2005
. Danforth currently divides his time between Kansas City and St. Louis.
A review of campaign finance filings shows that Akin, who has little allegiance to the Republican establishment, has received scant financial support from Am Law donors. The campaign coffers of his opponent McCaskill, a former prosecutor and longtime Missouri politician and civil servant, have received more than their share of legal industry contributions.