In an interview for Revealing Politics today, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus was asked, among other things, if the party's position on Akin would eventually change if Akin refused to step out of the race:
The question is: "If he stays in, is your position eventually going to change? Are you going to have to support him? The Chairman replies "No, no. No. He could be tied. We're not going to send him a penny." That's a pretty definitive answer. Priebus also states that stepping aside from the race and letting someone with a better chance of winning step in would be "putting [the] country first," and implies that stepping aside is what someone would do if they "really did believe this is about liberty and freedom and the future of this country."
"I just think that the people who want to do something special are always better than the people who want to be somebody special," says the Chairman.