Republican Richard Mourdock faces a double-digit deficit in Indiana’s U.S. Senate race, according to a poll released Friday morning.
The latest poll released jointly by local blog Howey Politics Indiana and in-state institution DePauw University shows Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) opening up a wide lead over Mourdock, the state treasurer and tea party champion who ousted Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) in a primary last spring. Donnelly earns the support of 47 percent of Hoosier State voters, while Mourdock trails with 36 percent.
A bipartisan team of pollsters conducted the survey Oct. 28-30, entirely after the final debate of the race wherein Mourdock made controversial remarks regarding rape and abortion. The poll is based on live phone interviews with 800 likely Indiana voters. Its margin of error has not yet been disclosed.
Donnelly holds a 2-point edge over Mourdock in the PollTracker Average.