WKU Public Radio News Staff
Fri November 2, 2012
Donnelly Takes Big Lead Over Mourdock in Indiana as Outside Spending Increases
Democratic Representative Joe Donnelly has jumped to a double digit lead over Republican Richard Mourdock in the Indiana Senate race.
A new Indiana Battleground Poll, conducted for Howey Politics Indiana and Depauw University found Donnelly up 47% to 36% with Libertarian candidate Andrew Horning pulling 6% of the vote. Donnelly's 11 point lead jumped from a two point advantage that the same poll showed him holding in September. The results strongly suggest that Mourdock's support has eroded after his controversial remarks last week that God intended for pregnancies to occur after rape.
The GOP has been spending big to save Mourdock's candidacy with outside groups pouring in nearly $4 million in just the last week alone. The groups include American Crossroads, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Club for Growth. Democratic groups including the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Majority PAC are spending about $3 million to boost Donnelly.