08/20/2012 04:54 pm ET Updated Oct 20, 2012

Todd Akin Senate: Missouri Republicans Split Over Whether Candidate Should Step Down

U.S. Representative Todd Akin continued making the rounds on Conservative talk radio outlets Monday in an attempt to apologize for controversial remarks made about abortion, "legitimate rape", and pregnancy made in a FOX2/KTVI-TV interview Sunday. But influential Republicans are unconvinved he should stay in the race: That's the main finding of this week's Red Arch survey.

In an unscientific Patch poll of 32 Republican Party influencers taken since late Sunday night, 47% percent said the Wildwood Republican should drop out of the race, while 40.5% said he should stay. Four respondents, or 12.5% said they had no opinion.

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