Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin released an apology ad Tuesday asking voters to forgive him for suggesting that victims of “legitimate rape” rarely get pregnant.

Transcript via Politico:

“Rape is an evil act. I used the wrong words in the wrong way and for that I apologize. As the father of two daughters, I want tough justice for predators. I have a compassionate heart for the victims of sexual assault. I pray for them,” Akin says. “The fact is, rape can lead to pregnancy. The truth is, rape has many victims.”

Akin continues: “The mistake I made was in the words I said, not in the heart I hold. I ask for your forgiveness.”

Does this mean Akin plans to remain in the U.S. Senate race despite a growing chorus of voices asking him to drop out?

A new PPP poll indicates Akin has 44 percent support while incumbent Claire McCaskill has 43 percent.

But the video apology may be too little, too late.

Perhaps Akin should have gone with the ol’ standby:

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