My article on the Indiana Senate race is in the current issue of NR, so digital subscribers can read about the battle between tea-party Republican Richard Mourdock and moderate Democrat Joe Donnelly right now. The story went to press just ahead of Mourdock’s controversial comment about rape, so it doesn’t take that late-breaking matter into account, but new polling suggests that the state of the race is about what it has been for the last few weeks anyway. Here’s a memo dated yesterday from Mourdock pollsters John McLaughlin and Rob Schmidt (and passed along to me by Mourdock’s campaign):
While the race for U.S. Senate continues to remain very competitive, Richard Mourdock has momentum and leads Joe Donnelly, 46% to 44%. Statewide Republicans are poised for a sweep, as Mitt Romney and [gubernatorial candidate] Mike Pence lead their Democrat opponents by double digits.
A Libertarian candidate, Andrew Horning, polls at 3 percent.
The numbers for the presidential race are 54 percent for Romney to 41 percent for President Obama (who carried Indiana in 2008). In the race for governor, it’s Mike Pence at 51 percent and Democrat John Gregg at 39 percent.