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Republican Congressional Candidate Pulls a Todd Akin on Abortion

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When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last week, it immediately made abortion into a top-tier issue in midterm races across the country. Given the overwhelming unpopularity of that decision, this is not necessarily terrain on which Republicans should be eager to play.

Case in point: On Monday, Axios published a leaked audio recording of Yesli Vega, a Republican county commissioner and sheriff’s deputy who is challenging incumbent Democrat Abigail Spanberger in a Virginia swing district, implying that getting pregnant as a result of rape was particularly difficult — an assertion with no basis in reality.

Here's the audio clip in question: pic.twitter.com/0k6iBA2bUA

Speaking to an unidentified person at a campaign stop in May, Vega........

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