by Ben Johnson/Lifesitenews.com

It’s final. Todd Akin will stay in the race for Missouri’s open U.S. Senate seat, campaigning hard on the final day he could have requested a court order to leave the race.

Many Republican leaders, including RNC chairman Reince Priebus, pressured Akin to step aside before today’s deadline expired. Instead, the pro-life congressman kicked off an intensive bus tour with Eagle Forum President Phyllis Schlafly.

Akin’s non-announcement came one day after former House Speaker Newt Gingrich held a fundraiser for Akin’s cash-depleted campaign.

Gingrich asked his fellow Republicans, “If Todd and the people of Missouri prove it’s a close race, what’s the moral case for not backing the Republican nominee?”

Noting that Akin’s success “is a key to winning control of the Senate,” Gingrich said, “This will come down to a very simple question: Do you want to keep Harry Reid as the majority leader?

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