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.