Todd Akin loses to Claire McCaskill in Missouri Senate race

November 7, 2012 3:23:20 AM PST
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., fought back a challenge from Republican Rep. Todd Akin, who severely damaged his candidacy in August when he said women who are victims of "legitimate rape" would not get pregnant.

"I just called Claire McCaskill and gave her congratulations because the way the numbers are looking we've lost this race, not what I expected, I always said 'don't trust those polls' and that's been true," Akin said in his concession speech.

Many Republicans asked Akin to ditch his bid for Senate after the comments. McCaskill's win helped keep the Senate in the Democrats' control.