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Rehberg's decision comes as Akin faces increasingly strong pressure to resign his candidacy to replace Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillSenate Dems lock in million in TV airtime Why does Congress keep playing political games on FBI oversight? Red-state Dem tells Schumer to 'kiss my you know what' on Supreme Court vote MORE (D-Mo.) in light of comments he made about the rarity of pregnancies as a result of rape. Akin has received continued criticism over the remark and statements from top Republicans that he should consider stepping down.

Late Sunday night, in reaction to Akin's remarks, Rehberg called Akin's comments "reprehensible."

"As a pro-life conservative, a husband and a father of two young women, I find Rep. Akin's remarks to be offensive and reprehensible," Rehberg said. "There is no such thing as a 'legitimate rape.' I condemn Rep. Akin's statements in the strongest possible terms."

On Monday, Akin has said he plans to stay in the race.