Former speaker Newt Gingrich campaigns for Todd Akin - KCTV5

Former speaker Newt Gingrich campaigns for Todd Akin

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Missouri Republican Todd Akin is getting a boost from a big name Republican in his last week of campaigning.

Akin's camp said the congressman has been out spent 10-1 in his Senate campaign. People with his camp said it's grassroots efforts and big name backing from people like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich that's kept Akin in the game.

"One of the main things that you're probably noticing we're using is just getting around and talking to people because we've been out-spent by a tremendous amount in terms of television advertising," Akin said.

That's why Gingrich is in the metro Tuesday and Wednesday helping Akin in the last week push to Election Day.

"One of the main things that you're probably noticing is just getting around and talking to people because we've been outspent by a tremendous amount in terms of television advertising," Gingrich said.

Akin's "legitimate rape" comment dried campaign funds for a week after the verbal misstep. But his camp said grassroots efforts have allowed Akin to stay in the game, dropping more than $1 million in television ads this week alone.

"In the last week or two we'll probably be close to at parody with our amount of television that we have. That tends to even out - we finally get the air support we wished we had month or two ago," Akin said.

Money aside, if a person just throws it back to politics, Gingrich said voting for Akin is a vote that will affect the Senate as a whole.

"We're not going to get anything done as long as Harry Reid is majority leader. McCaskill is going to vote for Harry Reid and for the far left to stay in charge of the Senate. And Todd Akin is going to vote for a conservative to take care of the Senate," Gingrich said.

While the Republicans are talking gas prices, Benghazi and the economy, McCaskill supporters stood outside of Akin's rallies Tuesday bashing his women's right stance.

McCaskill was due in Kansas City Tuesday for some rallies of her own, but the passing of her mother, Betty Anne, is keeping the senator away from the campaign trail for a few days.

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