CURRENTLY ON POLITICO: AKIN NOT LEAVING RACE:
"Todd Akin, in an interview with Sean Hannity on his radio show that's still going on, said despite some media reports, he is not actually leaving the Missouri race.
"I was told that there is a decision has to be made by 5 o'clock tomororw but I was calling you and letting you know that I'm announcing today that we're (staying) in," Akin told Hannity.
Asked if he'd thought about the consequences of staying in, the congressman said he has.
"I certainly have, and I've just run a very tough primary race in the state of Missouri," he said, "I stuck to basically our conservative principles ... when people make a mistake and they are honest about it and say it was a mistake, I (think) they move on."
"I still believe I'm in the strongest position to (win)," he said.
Hannity, for his part, did not urge Akin on. At various points, he told Akin he thought this was going to be very difficult for him to get past, and suggested it was going to be creating a potential problem for not just his own race, but other people's races as well."