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Remark still hounds Mourdock

Six months after his election defeat, Richard Mourdock cannot shake his reputation as a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate who seemingly grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory.

In an editorial published Thursday by the Wall Street Journal, Republican strategist Karl Rove wrote: "Republican success will depend on having quality Senate candidates. Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock self-destructed last fall, and other candidates squandered important opportunities."

State Treasurer Mourdock and former Rep. Akin, R-Mo., obviously hurt their election chances with baffling remarks about rape, pregnancy and abortion.

Akin had said, "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down" to prevent pregnancy. Mourdock had said that pregnancy resulting from rape "is something that God intended to happen."

The Atlantic Wire's Elspeth Reeve pointed out Thursday that Akin and Mourdock "had the same position on abortion as the official Republican Party platform." Reeve had fun with Rove's editorial by analyzing possible 2014 Republican Senate candidates according to "their Akin potential," deciding the highest such potential for self-destructive remarks lies among prospective candidates in Georgia and Alaska.

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