LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) - Former Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich is helping drawing money and attention to Missouri congressman Todd Akin's quest to unseat Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.
Gingrich appeared with Akin at a pair of Kansas City area fundraisers Tuesday as part of what Akin's campaign hopes will be a $1 million advertising push in the final week before the Nov. 6 election. So far, McCaskill has significantly outspent Akin on TV ads.
Gingrich is one of a few prominent national Republicans to stand by Akin after the suburban St. Louis congressman remarked in August that women's bodies have ways of avoiding pregnancy in what he called "legitimate rape." Akin has apologized.
Gingrich said Tuesday that he believes voters will be more focused on Akin's limited-government platform.