DeMint and Santorum aren't the only two Republicans to rally around Akin now that the drop-out deadline has passed: The Missouri GOP released a statement of support for the congressman, and Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt
, who has once called for Akin to drop out, said
he would work to help the Senate campaign. And former House Speaker Newt Gingrich
campaigned with Akin Monday, predicting that GOP groups would come in and help the candidate post-deadline.
"No one should've been fooled by the party's faux outrage and their ensuing change of course because as the Republican establishment is making clear today, the Akin backlash was never about principle, it was purely about politics," said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesperson Shripal Shah