Democrat Joe Donnelly of Indiana has defeated Republican Richard Mourdock for that state's Senate seat, Fox News reports.
Donnelly, a congressman from northwest Indiana, had been favored in the final polls of the campaign, particularly after a media firestorm over comments Mourdock made in an October 23 debate that "God intended" pregnancies resulting from rape.
The seat was considered a safe GOP hold until its holder, Republican Dick Lugar, lost his primary race to state treasurer Mourdock in May.
Vigo County, Indiana, has correctly reflected the winner of the presidency in every election since 1956, as in 2008 when Barack Obama won the county with 57 percent support and in 2004 when George W. Bush won the county with 53 percent support.
With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Vigo County remains very close, with 49.3 percent for Obama and 48.8 percent for Mitt Romney. That means Obama is running 8 points behind where he ran in 2008.
The last several weeks have not been good for Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock of Indiana. The two-term state treasurer, who beat six-term incumbent Senator Dick Lugar in the GOP primary in May, has fallen back in the polls against his Democratic opponent, Congressman Joe Donnelly. A recent poll, from Brian Howey and Depauw University, showed an 11-point lead for Donnelly.
Mitt Romney is far ahead of Barack Obama in Indiana, a state Obama won in 2008. The last poll of the Hoosier State showed Romney up 13 points. But down the ballot in the U.S. Senate race, the Republican candidate Richard Mourdock, the state treasurer, isn't as far ahead. That may explain why Romney is appearing in a new Mourdock television ad.
Three-term Indiana Democrat Rep. Joe Donnelly voted for Obamacare. He voted for Obama’s waste-filled $787 billion stimulus package. He is a down-the-line supporter of card check, the measure that would allow union organizers to bypass secret ballot elections.
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:
In Carmel, Indiana over the weekend, a supporter of congressional candidate Susan Brooks was caught on video tape stealing campaign signs of opponent David McIntosh:
"It appears that former U.S. Attorney Susan Brooks has resorted to the type of gutter politics that one sees too often in Washington – and which everyone is getting sick of," McIntosh's campaign manager writes in an email, providing a link to this video:
One day before the Indiana primary, Dick Lugar has released a new ad accusing his opponent, Richard Mourdock, of wanting to "cut every single senior's Social Security." (Update: The ad was apparently released late last week.) The ad portrays an elderly woman talking about Mourdock's Social Security plan. "He's going to ruin people. Some can't get along without Social Security, every penny of it," the woman says. "Heaven help us, because Mourdock won't."
Big Government reports that the Young Guns Network, a group tied to House Republican leader Eric Cantor, has purchased another direct mail item supporting Dick Lugar over Richard Mourdock in the GOP Senate primary in Indiana. The item focuses on Lugar's support for ethanol subsidies and pro-environmental policies, while Mourdock's plan is called "extreme" and one that "means higher prices at the pump."
A new poll from Howey Politics and DePauw University shows Richard Mourdock leading Dick Lugar by 10 points in the Indiana Republican Senate primary. Among GOP primary voters, 48 percent said they would vote for Mourdock, the state treasurer, while 38 percent said they would vote for Lugar, the six-term incumbent senator. The poll shows Mourdock’s largest lead in the primary, which will be held on May 8.
The Chamber of Commerce is sending out a new direct mail item on behalf of Indiana senator Dick Lugar, the National Journal reports. "Hoosiers are concerned about job growth...And...Dick Lugar is standing up for Indiana," the mailer reads, noting Lugar's support for building the Keystone XL pipeline and his opposition to Dodd-Frank, Obamacare, and cap and trade. View the mailer here.
National Journal reports on a new poll that shows incumbent Indiana senator Dick Lugar leading his primary rival, state treasurer Richard Mourdock, 44 percent to 42 percent. The group behind the poll, the Lunch Pail Republicans, is a pro-labor organization supporting Lugar.