GOP Donors Rally Behind Mourdock in Indiana

But new poll shows Democratic challenger with lead

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 2, 2012 10:06 AM CDT

(Newser) – After Todd Akin made his controversial "legitimate rape" comments in August, he quickly became a pariah in the Republican party. Indiana's Richard Mourdock, on the other hand, is seeing a rush of GOP support, despite his own controversial rape and pregnancy comments, reports Politico. The final days will see a $4 million media blitz on his behalf thanks to groups such as American Crossroads, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and the Club for Growth.

Rretaining Mourdock's Senate seat has became more important than ever for Republicans as the election season winds down. It's been a GOP seat since Richard Lugar won it in 1977, but thanks in part to Mourdock's anti-abortion comment, Democrat Joe Donnelly is in a strong position to win it. “It’s a coin flip,” says one Republican. That might be optimistic: A new Indiana Battleground Poll shows Donnelly ahead 47%-36%, reports the Indianapolis Star.

Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock at a news conference in Indianapolis on Oct. 24. Opponent Joe Donnelly is surging in the polls.
Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock at a news conference in Indianapolis on Oct. 24. Opponent Joe Donnelly is surging in the polls.   (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Congressman Joe Donnelly is leading in the polls in the Indiana Senate race.
Congressman Joe Donnelly is leading in the polls in the Indiana Senate race.   (AP Photo/The Journal Gazette, Swikar Patel)
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