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    Todd Akin raised $1.6 million for Senate bid

    WASHINGTON — Missouri Representative Todd Akin raised about $1.6 million for his Senate bid in the months after Republican officials sought to distance themselves from him for his comments on ‘‘legitimate rape,’’ according to his filings with the Federal Election Commission.

    Akin’s third-quarter report, which includes donations from mid-July through the end of September, showed he has about $553,000 in cash on hand. His opponent — Senator Claire ­McCaskill, a Democrat — raised $5.8 million in the same time period, with about $2.1 million on hand. That ­indicates Akin is likely to be outspent in the race.

    Akin’s campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.

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    Akin’s quarterly report includes at least a portion of time when he was still being embraced by national Republicans. Before he came under fire for comments during an interview with a Missouri TV station, he was viewed as one of the Republicans’ best prospects for unseating an incumbent. Afterward, Akin was nearly universally rebuked by Republicans and several groups, including the National Republican Senatorial Campaign committee, which said it would not spend any money to support him.

    Associated Press