Akin appeals to Christians, draws prayer support

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Republican Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin is drawing strength from prayer has he reaches out to Christian voters in an attempt to unseat Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Akin stood with his eyes closed and head bowed in the center of Missouri's Capitol on Saturday - surrounded by a group of Christians who placed their hands on his shoulders while lifting up prayers for him to God.

Later Saturday, Akin was to campaign in Springfield with former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, a Baptist pastor who has a strong following among Christians.

Huckabee was among the first to publicly support Akin after the suburban St. Louis congressman apologized in mid-August for remarking that women's bodies have ways of avoiding pregnancy in what he called "legitimate rape.

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