(AP) Democrats in several states are already using the incendiary comments about rape made by Missouri Rep. Todd Akin as political bludgeon.
In interviews, news releases and tweets, they've blasted Akin for saying victims of "legitimate rape" are able to naturally prevent pregnancy and tried to tie their opponents running for the U.S. House to legislation he's supported.
Those moves might only be the beginning, as Akin has so far refused to drop out of the race despite pleas from top Republicans and the widespread condemnation of his remarks.
For example, in Illinois, Democratic challenger Cheri Bustos called on her opponent, GOP Rep. Bobby Schilling, to return a $2,000 donation from Akin. Schilling did so and issued a statement expressing his disgust with Akin's remarks.