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Rehberg's decision comes as Akin faces increasingly strong pressure to resign his candidacy to replace Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillThe American economy is stronger than ever six months after tax cuts The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Immigration drama grips Washington Conservative group calls for ethics probe into McCaskill’s use of private plane 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.