Akin is under fire following an interview on Sunday where he used the phrase “legitimate rape,” claiming doctors have told him instances of pregnancy resulting from rape are rare in such cases. He later said he misspoke and meant “forcible rape.” His medical claim has been rejected and he has drawn considerable ire from within his own party for confusing the public perception of the GOP platform position regarding abortion.

Akin could still drop out and many prominent Republicans, including presumptive nominee Mitt Romney, have urged him to do so.  

Akin has a 5 p.m. CDT deadline on Tuesday to leave the race without further cost to his campaign.