The political scandal that erupted around Missouri Republican Todd Akin. Akin was the Republican nominee for the US Senate seat currently held by Democrat Claire McCaskill. Akin experienced severe backlash from a wide range of the political spectrum when he suggested on Fox News that women's bodies have the ability to prevent pregnancy during a "legitimate rape." The scandal is known as "legit-gate" after the Watergate scandal during the Nixon administration.
"Many think Akin won't be able to recover after legiti-gate."
"The effects of legiti-gate will ripple beyond Todd Akin and on to regional and perhaps national races."