Republicans who made 'legitimate rape' comments lose election

Controversial comments about rape didn’t pay off for two U.S. Republican Senate candidates.

Both Missouri Republican Todd Akin and Indiana Republican Richard Mourdock failed in their Senate races on Tuesday.

Akin was considered a strong candidate until a controversial interview in August in which he said that women's bodies have ways of avoiding pregnancy in instances of “legitimate rape.”

"The female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down," Akin said at the time.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, who supports abortion rights, was re-elected.

After Akin’s controversial comments, Republican leaders, including Romney, called on him to abandon the race, but he refused.

In Indiana, Democrat Joe Donnelly defeated Republican Richard Mourdock, who had slipped in the polls after saying during a debate that when a woman who is raped becomes pregnant it's what “God intended.”

"I, too, certainly stand for life," Mourdock said in the October debate. “I know that there are some who disagree, and I respect their point of view, but I believe that life begins at conception. The only exception I have to have an abortion is in that case of the life of the mother. I struggled with it myself for a long time but I came to realize that life is a gift from God, and I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape that it is something God intended to happen."

The Indiana seat had been held for six six-year terms by Sen. Richard Lugar, whom Mourdock defeated in the primary. Donnelly’s win handed it to the Democratic Party.

-With files from the Associated Press

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