U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, the Indiana Republican, has a new 30-second advertisement contrasting himself with his Democratic opponent, Congressman Joe Donnelly. Mourdock ties Donnelly with Barack Obama and encourages Hoosier voters to "follow the Indiana principles that Richard Mourdock and Mitch Daniels fight for." Daniels is the popular, two-term outgoing Republican governor of Indiana. Watch the ad below:
The seat is currently held by veteran Republican Dick Lugar, who lost the GOP primary earlier this year to Mourdock. The six-term Lugar would have likely been a shoo-in for reelection, but the race with Mourdock only leans Republican, and a Democratic poll in May showed Mourdock and Donnelly tied at 40 percent.
While Barack Obama won Indiana in 2008, reversing a recent Republican trend, the president's numbers are down sharply in the Hoosier State. If Mitt Romney meets expectations in Indiana this November, Mourdock, who has already won two statewide elections for treasurer, would certainly have the big advantage.