New poll shows Donnelly, Pence with big leads

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An Indiana race that could help decide control of the U.S. Senate appears to be shifting in favor of the Democrat after the tea party-backed candidate made a poorly received statement about rape and abortion.

The Howey/DePauw University Battleground poll released Friday shows Republican Richard Mourdock trailing Democrat Joe Donnelly by 11 points. The two were neck and neck in the polls until Mourdock's comments on abortion in a televised Oct. 23 debate.

The two had been running even until Mourdock's remarks. Mourdock's campaign and national Republicans have tried to move past the comments, but Democrats have spent heavily in Indiana to replay sound bites of them for voters even though Donnelly has previously voted for the same position held by Mourdock.

The poll of 800 likely voters was conducted by Republican pollster Christine Matthews and Democratic pollster Fred Yang between Oct. 28 and Oct. 30. It carries a 3.5 percent margin of error.

In the governor's race, the poll shows Republican Mike Pence leading Democrat John Gregg 47 percent to 40 percent, with Libertarian Rupert Boneham getting 5 percent.


  • Wrong way
    Mourdaock is going about his campaign at this late date in the WRONG WAY. What needs to be said is this: Yes I mispoke. Yes I am pro-life. Yes I am a faithful Christian: and Yes we need to gain seats in the Democratically controlled Senate to avoid the pitfalls of what has gone on over the past 4 years wiht the Obama/Pelosi Agendas and we need to repeal the OBamaCare Act. I can help do that not JOe Donnelly
  • Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Lugar
    [Mourdock's] embrace of an unrelenting partisan mindset is irreconcilable with my philosophy of governance and my experience of what brings results for Hoosiers in the Senate...This is not conducive to problem solving and governance. Dick Lugar 5/8/12
  • Republican Values.
    They have none, Phil Hinkle will be waiting at the JW Marrriot wearing just a towel and smile if Mourdick wins, whats more disturbing he'll still be drawing a paycheck from the taxpayers. Whats worse is the CIB has a room for Herb Simon and the Jacuzzi is filled 100 dollar bills, also I can't forget Mayor Lard Oh he's on vacation again where? Papua New Guinea sounds expensive.
  • You are so right!
    This mess was made by Bush. And, we all should have known that it'd take 4-5 years to start turning things around. President Obama even said this at the beginning of his term. And, Mourdock? I am surprised he is not even farther behind in popularity. Thank goodness he put his foot in his mouth so many times. He is scary with his beliefs.
  • lol:)))))
    Tea party hobbits made this possible. Democrats should send them a thank you card. Well, we all should, because nobody deserves Mourdock.
  • sad,sad, sad
    The Democratic senate created the budgets that ruined our country. This happened during the Bush years but was started during the Clinton years. Keep in mind the senate creates the budget! So now if you are going to defend Obama with that same statement, you have to keep in mind that non-budgetary policies that he has implemented has burdened our economy and created major debt! We are not lost as a country. We all obviously care enough to discuss the issues here and, hopefully, vote. We may all disagree about the best way to fix our problems but I have no doubt that this country will figure it out. I'm not ashamed or embarrased to say, This IS the greatest country in the WORLD!
  • Elections coming down to this are a very sad State of the Union
    I don't want a democratic senator tipping the scales to the left. On the other hand, Mourdock (unintentionally) put his foot in his mouth and a good representative of the state, especially in a publicized statement should be able to carefully choose his words and remember that everyone is watching, listening and drooling for a chance to use it to grind them into the ground. No matter who wins, we're getting pretty lost as a country.
  • Sad
    How can you say it is a Democrat ravaged country when the republicans messed it up for 8 years before. The democrats inherited the republicans mess. If you listen to the ads Mike Pence even voted like Mourdock on abortion issues. Bring back the Democrats
    • Vote against REID
      I don't think we can survive more Harry Reid. Vote Mourdock and take the lesser of two evils! Reid is definitely not in line with what Hoosiers want. Republicans need to take the senate to remove Harry Reid from the majority leader position. This state's senate race is VERY important for getting that done. We must remove Reid. Heck, I could stomach 4 more years of Obama if we didn't have a Democratic majority in the senate. Then only bi-partisan bills would get passed. Of course Obama likes to go around the legislative branch to "inflict his will on the people"!
    • Hoosiers for Donnelly
      I'm so glad Indiana's common sense Hoosiers are not allowing the tens of millions of dollars in outside Super PAC funds to convince them that supporting tea party zealot Richard Mourdock is the thing to do. Hoosiers are middle of the road - and don't generally like folks that are too far to the right or too far to the left. We liked Lugar - and Donnelly will be good at filling his shoes - which hopefully will happen in a few days. Mourdock is way too far outside the norm and is a scary person as well - trying to force his "out of the mainstream" views on everybody in this state. Can't wait til he is gone from our TVs every night - and hopefully out of Indiana politics for a long time as well. It'll hopefully teach the Republicans (tea partiers in particular) their lesson for voting Mourdock in during the primaries instead of Lugar.
    • NoOne to Blame but Himself
      Mourdock has no one to blame but himself. You can blame the media but all sides take everything out of context. And let's face it, even some Republicans distanced themselves from him. He found the enemy and he was in the mirror.
    • This isn't rocket science
      Riddle me this, intelligent ones... He said "God intended it to happen", according to him meaning that God intended for that life to be created. If the only way for that life to be created - that SPECIFIC life, between those two people, at that time - was for the woman to be raped and become pregnant as a result, then how do you say that God doesn't condone rape or at the very least allow it to happen? Abortion isn't even a topic the government should be debating, it's used by both sides as a hot-button issue to strike emotions and rally troops to one side vs. the other. By making this topic - or religion at all - the main point of contention in the way you vote, you're perpetuating it. Try being more intelligent than that.
    • Travisty
      I think it is very sad that this campaign has come down to Mourdock having to defend God's position on rape. The ads that are running are a travisty created by super pacs. It is basically a lie. Mourdock never said God supports rape. (Although if you believe in an omnipotent God then he definitely does allow it, for whatever reasons which are beyond our comprehension.) The real issue is we will be putting Harry Reid in as the majority leader again and that, in my opinion, is the WORST thing voters could do right now. Please go vote Mourdock and let's try to save what's left of this Democrat ravaged country!
      • re: John Sorg
        John I'm happy that Indiana will get the senator we deserve because no one deserves Mourdock. I would believe this was a vast conspiracy if Mourdock time and again hadn't made similar remarks. Mourdock is a tea party extremist and is just showing his true colors. In fact he won't retract his remmarks just say they were taken out of context.
      • New Poll
        This poll reflects the lie that Mourdock believes "God intends rape". Donnelly is a man of low character and the press, including the IBJ, still are upset that Lugar was defeated and they will not tell the truth behind the Donnelly lie. Indiana, you will get the Senator you deserve

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