Todd Akin, whose ‘legitimate rape’ comment derailed his US Senate run, dies at 74

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ST. LOUIS — Todd Akin, a former six-term U.S. congressman from suburban St. Louis who lost a U.S. Senate race to Democrat Claire McCaskill in 2012, died late Sunday. He was 74. Akin had battled cancer for several years and died at his home in Wildwood, surrounded by family, his son Perry said in a statement. A divinity school graduate and the son of a minister father, Akin thrust himself into the national spotlight during his campaign to unseat McCaskill with a comment about “legitimate rape.” The ensuing controversy sank his candidacy in a race many felt he had a chance to win in a state that…

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