Joe Donnelly (D) vs. Richard Mourdock (R)
A tough Democratic challenger and flawed Tea Party Republican nominee are making Indiana’s Senate race surprisingly close.
Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) is running a strong campaign in the Republican-leaning state — and he’s been helped by some early missteps by Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R), who shortly after his primary win over Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) proclaimed on TV that “bipartisanship ought to consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view.”
Mourdock has sought to tie Donnelly to President Obama and ripped him for supporting Democrats’ healthcare reform law, but he’s been mostly on the defensive, and his campaign has recently limited access to the once-chatty candidate — a sign it’s seeking to limit exposure to avoid any more gaffes.
Polls show a tight race, and both sides have seen a recent ramp-up in spending from outside groups as well as both party committees.
The Hill rates the race as a toss-up.