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August 27, 2012
Sid Hastings photo

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2012, file photo Republican Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., talks to the media gathered in Chesterfield, Mo., and told them he will stay in the U.S. Senate race despite the uproar over his remarks about rape and pregnancy. Akin’s comments awakened the ever-slumbering tensions between the Republican Party’s two core wings: social conservatives and corporate interests just as Republicans were hoping for a united front at their convention to nominate Mitt Romney for president.

Evan Vucci photo

FILE - In this June 18, 2012, file photo RNC chairman Reince Priebus, right, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., left, arrive at a campaign event in Janesville, Wis. Priebus said on a talk show Sunday Aug. 26, 2012, that Republican candidate Todd Akin’s insistence on staying in the Missouri Senate race could cost the party its chance to win control of the Senate.