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Less than 12 hours remains for Akin to withdraw without court order

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By Dan Mueller By Dan Mueller

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Congressman Akin says he is staying put. However, if he should change his mind he would need to make that decision within the next 12 hours.

Dropping out of election after you’ve won the primary isn’t easy. There are rules to follow, and deadlines to meet. In this case, the big deadline hits at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

State law gives a candidate up to the 11th Tuesday before the general election to pull out without a court order.

After tomorrow, Congressman Akin could still pull out, but he would need a court order. The deadline in that case would be September 25.

If he were to pull out after that, his name would likely stay on the ballot.

As for who would choose a replacement, the law grants that right to the congressional nominating committee for the party in question.  

In this case, that would be the Republican Party. The nominating committee would have 28 days, to select a replacement.

On top of all this, the party may have to pay any extra cost incurred by the state to have the ballots reprinted.

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