Poll Shows A Dead Heat In Indiana Senate Race
Will Indiana Republicans come to regret tossing Richard Lugar earlier this year? Time will tell, of course, but for the moment at least Richard Mourdock, the Tea Party backed candidate who beat him, is in a tight race with Democratic nominee Joe Donnelly:
The U.S. Senate race in Indiana remains a dead heat between Democratic Congressman Joe Donnelly and Tea Party-backed State Treasurer Richard Mourdock.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the Hoosier State finds Mourdock earning 42% of the vote, while Donnelly draws support from 40%. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate in the race, but another 15% are still undecided.
Given that this is Rasmussen, which typically skews Republican, that’s a significant number. This is the first poll of the race since March, when a DePauw University poll showed the race tied 35-35. Obviously, the high number of undecideds here means the race is still up for grabs. But considering this is typically reliably Republican Indiana.
On the Presidential side, Rasmussen shows Romney ahead of Obama by 16 points, a strong suggestion that this state is going to be back in the Republican column in November. Again, as with the Senate race, there has been very little recent polling in the Hoosier State.