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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.

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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. (Read more Richard Mourdock stories.)

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