Late Friday, Akin tweeted “Rove apologizes to Todd Akin,” along with a link to an Associated Press story saying an Akin adviser had confirmed the nature of a phone call between the two men.
Rove said that his group had five replacements for Akin in mind. "We don't care who the nominee is, other than get Akin out," Rove said.
Rove's group was one of the first to pull its money from the race after Akin refused to resign as the GOP nominee. The lawmaker caused a firestorm with his comment on "legitimate rape," leading to several prominent Republicans and the National Republican Senatorial Committee to call for his exit.
Akin, however, has refused to bow out, causing concerns about the GOP his decision will cost them the contest and perhaps control of the Senate. Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire McCaskillWatchdog faults Energy Department over whistleblower retaliation Wagner passes on NRCC bid, backs Stivers Senate Dem: Trump will pick 'handsome' Pence MORE (D-Mo.), Akin's opponet for the Senate speech, was considered one of the most vulnerable senators up for reelection until Akin's remark.
Initially, it appeared that polling was moving against Akin. Previously the race had been close, but after Akin's comments McCaskill opened a wide lead over her opponent. A recent PPP poll found Akin just barely leading McCaskill, 45 percent to 44.