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It's All Politics
1:35 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

As It Happened: GOP Kicks Off Its Convention; Makes Its Case To The Nation

Texas delegates cheer as Romney is formally nominated as the Republican Party's presidential candidate.
Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 12:23 am

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With a program designed both to tell the American people more about Mitt Romney and to make the case that Republicans' ideas for solving the nation's problems are better than Democrats', the 2012 GOP National Convention got going today and Romney officially became the party's presidential nominee.

Delegates also officially made Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin the party's vice presidential nominee.

We live blogged through the afternoon and evening. Scroll down and read "up" if you want to see how the story developed.

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12:11 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Some Minnesota Dems using Akin abortion remarks in congressional races

Lead in text: 
Missouri Congressman Todd Akin's remarks on abortion and 'legitimate rape' are being used by politicians not only on the national stage, but also in congressional races outside the Show-Me state. Catharine Richert of Minnesota Public Radio explains via the link.
After saying last week that women "rarely" get pregnant if they are victims of "legitimate rape," GOP Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin provided Democrats a chance to reignite their campaign theme and to make it local, including in several of Minnesota's congressional races.
It's All Politics
11:26 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Ann Romney, Gov. Christie & The Roll Call: Today's Convention Highlights

The stage is set at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 9:09 am

Good morning from Tampa where the Isaac-delayed Republican National Convention is set to get going for real this afternoon.

It's going to be a busy day for the GOP once the delegates are called to order at 2 p.m. ET. Here are some highlights from the schedule:

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12:57 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Missouri GOP delegates gather in storm-lashed Tampa, await delayed convention's start

Lead in text: 
The St. Louis Beacon's Robert Koenig reports on how the Show-Me state's delegation to the Republican National Convention has spent their time there so far.
Through it all, Missouri’s 101 GOP delegates and alternates – minus a few stuck in transit from St. Louis – were upbeat Sunday about the rain-delayed convention, prospects for the Romney-Ryan ticket, and the possibility of having some fun despite the storms around them.
Republican National Convention
12:49 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Ill. RNC delegates waiting out Isaac storm with state politicking

Mimosas at the hotel where Illinois delegates for the Republican National Convention are staying this week.
(Amanda Vinicky/Illinois Public Radio)

Tropical Storm Isaac has dismantled Illinois Republican’s convention plans. With national convention events canceled, they're no longer spending Monday nominating Mitt Romney as their candidate for president. That leaves an opportunity for them to focus on state politics.

Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky reports from the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

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Election 2012
4:51 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

In Akin's wake, Ryan defends anti-abortion record

Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan speaks at a campaign event in Fayetteville, N.C., on Thursday.
Sara D. Davis AP

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 7:27 pm

Since Republican Rep. Todd Akin first said the words "legitimate rape" Sunday, just about everyone in the Republican Party has condemned those comments.

The Missouri Senate candidate later apologized, but his remarks continue to drive the political debate. They've also raised questions about the anti-abortion record of the Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

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Developing: Beyond November
4:40 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Akin: 'We're going to be here to win' US Senate race

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-St. Louis).
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Will be updated.

In his first local press conference since his now well-known remarks about 'legitimate' rape, US Senate candidate Todd Akin has reiterated that he's staying in the race.

"We're going to be here through the November election, and we're going to be here to win," Akin said.

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It's All Politics
5:55 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Cut Off From Party's Purse Strings, Rep. Akin Plans Next Move

Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., says Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the GOP vice presidential candidate, asked him to end his Senate bid after recent comments he made referring to "legitimate rape."
Jeff Roberson AP

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 6:59 pm

Republican Rep. Todd Akin's decision to stay in the U.S. Senate race in Missouri is likely to leave him with support from the state's evangelical community, but not much more, says a political scientist at the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

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Todd Akin
4:07 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

The day after Todd Akin didn't leave the race for US Senate

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-St. Louis).
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Updtated at 5:52 p.m. with comments from Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill

Congressman Todd Akin didn't drop out of the race for US Senate yesterday before the legal deadline, despite significant local and national pressure otherwise. He would now need a court order to leave the race.

Here's how the day after the deadline has looked so far:

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Election 2012
2:24 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Deadline passes, Akin stays in race for US Senate

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-St. Louis).

Will be updated.

Updated 10:46 p.m. Palin suggests a third party candidate

Sarah Palin, who backed Sarah Steelman during the heated GOP Senate primary, is suggesting a third party candidate to run against Akin.

Speaking to Fox News Palin said: "Bless his heart, I don't want to pile on Todd Akin." 

But, she then said that it's time for Akin to step aside.

"Missouri is a must-win state," Palin said.  "The way we do that is to have someone like Sarah Steelman be able to run, even if it's as a third-party candidate, to be able to run and take this back."

Updated 5:00 p.m. with deadline passing, Akin remaining in the race

Updated 4:36 p.m. with additional reporting. A full list of earlier updates can be found at the end of the post. Original story posted Aug. 21 12.33 p.m.

Despite tremendous pressure on him to act otherwise, Todd Akin will stay in the race against Claire McCaskill for US Senate. 

The deadline for Akin to remove himself from the race was 5 p.m. CT today. He will need a court order by Sept. 25 if he wants to drop out beyond this point.

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