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Dem poll: Donnelly jumps to 7-point lead after Mourdock gaffe

Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) has jumped to a 7-point lead over Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R) in their race for a U.S. Senate seat, in the wake of Mourdock's controversial comment that pregnancies resulting from rape are "something God intended to happen," according to a poll conducted for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

The poll, which shows Donnelly leading Mourdock by 47 to 40 percent, was conducted on Wednesday and Thursday, in the midst of the media firestorm over the remark. Mourdock released an internal poll earlier on Friday from the same period showing the race tied.

The poll shows a spike in support for Donnnelly. He released an internal poll shortly before the debate that showed him with a narrow 2-point lead in the race.

Mourdock said Tuesday that pregnancy caused by rape is something "God intended to happen," a comment that set off a national media firestorm and led some Republicans to publicly distance themselves from his sentiment.


Judge orders Rehberg boating accident documents unsealed

A Montana judge has ordered the release of documents related to a boating accident involving Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.), the details of which could affect his Senate race.

The one-boat accident, in which alcohol was involved, left Rehberg with multiple injuries and put a Rehberg House staffer in a coma. The boat's driver, then a state senator, had a blood-alcohol content of 0.16, more than twice the legal limit to drive.

Democrats have pushed to have the details of the case unsealed, though it's unclear whether those details are politically dangerous to Rehberg, who suffered a broken leg, cracked ribs and fractured eye socket when the boat ran aground.

The details will emerge just days before Election Day in his hotly contested race with Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.).