Mourdock beat incumbent Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) in the Republican primary earlier this year and is facing a tougher than expected challenge from Democratic Rep. Joe DonnellyJoe DonnellyPost Orlando, hawks make a power play Overnight Cybersecurity: Senate narrowly rejects expanding FBI surveillance powers Senate narrowly rejects new FBI surveillance MORE (Ind.). Lugar decided not to help or campaign for Mourdock after he was defeated in the primary.
Other Republican senators, such as John McCainJohn McCainGun-control supporters plan next steps versus NRA Report: Prominent neoconservative to fundraise for Clinton McConnell quashes Senate effort on guns MORE (Ariz.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamGun-control supporters plan next steps versus NRA Bipartisan gun measure survives test vote Senate Republicans may defy NRA on guns MORE (S.C.), have gone to Indiana to campaign for Mourdock.
The Indiana seat is viewed as a critical win in order for Republicans to get control of the Senate.
Democrats are defending 23 Senate seats compared to just 10 Republican seats, but thanks to good recruiting and a few GOP fumbles, Democrats have been able to stay competitive in states — such as Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota and Maine — that were once thought of as potentially easy pick-ups for Republicans.