Disgraced Congressman Todd Akin defied his party and is staying in the Missouri Senate race as the party's candidate, almost assurng that Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill, once on the ropes, would return to Capitol Hill in November.
With the Republican National Convention starting in Tampa, Florida next week, it is the last distraction the GOP needs, especially considering the fanfare over VP nominee Paul Ryan's alleged ties to Akin whom he sought to dissuade from continuing the race.
"I misspoke one word in one sentence on one day, and all of a sudden, overnight, everybody decides, 'Well, Akin can't possibly win,'" he said on a national radio show hosted by former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. "Well, I don't agree with that."
Akin predicted he would bounce back from the political crisis threatening his campaign, including a call from presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney to leave the race, and capture a seat that is pivotal to Republican hopes of regaining control of the Senate.