GOP Senate group aided Akin despite disavowal

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - New documents show that the political committee for Republican senators sent $760,000 to Missouri to aid the unsuccessful Senate bid of Todd Akin, despite a previous disavowal of the Republican congressman.
   
The National Republican Senatorial Committee said it would no longer support Akin's challenge to Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill after Akin remarked in August that women's bodies have ways of avoiding pregnancy in what he called "legitimate rape."
   
But a finance report filed by the Missouri Republican State Committee shows it received $760,000 from the NRSC in two payments made Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. At about the same time, the state Republican committee spent a nearly identical amount of money for TV ads supporting Akin.
   
A spokesman for the NRSC did not immediately return messages Friday seeking comment.

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