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Inhofe to Campaign With Akin

Updated at 7:00 p.m.

Senate Environment and Public Works Ranking Member James Inhofe will be campaigning with embattled Missouri GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin next week.

Inhofe appears to be one of just a few Republican politicians willing to publicly campaign on behalf of Akin since he made the controversial "legitimate rape" comments this summer -- and the first sitting senator from outside Missouri to appear with the congressman.

"We have all said things that we wish we hadn't said," Inhofe told National Journal Monday in a phone interview. "I think he is a good congressman, someone who can do a great job. I think he's going to win that state."

However, most recent polling shows Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., leading Akin, whose campaign is not receiving support from the National Republican Senatorial Committee or Crossroads GPS.

Inhofe's campaign stop in Missouri is part of a broader campaign trip to criticize Democratic candidates who have supported tougher environmental rules and to support Republican candidates who have vowed to repeal them if they win. Inhofe was in Montana on Monday and plans to campaign in Ohio as well.

-- Dan Friedman contributed.

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