Senate candidates Joe Donnelly and Richard Mourdock reacted swiftly to a new poll showing Donelly with a slight lead.
The Howey/DePauw Political Battleground Poll showed Donnelly, the Democratic candidate, with a 40 to 38 lead over Mourdock, the Republican. The poll had a 3.5 percent margin of error.
After the poll results went public, both candidates went on the offensive.
“This is yet another sign that Hoosier voters are rejecting Richard Mourdock’s ‘my way or the highway’ approach that will get us nowhere,” said Elizabeth Shappell, communications director for the Donnelly campaign.
“Despite millions of dollars from Karl Rove’s shady backers and the Koch brothers attacking him on air, Joe Donnelly’s message of working with both parties to create jobs, lower the debt, and balance the budget is cutting through," Shappell continued. "Richard Mourdock stands for the Washington Way--more gridlock, more debt, more taxes, less moving our country in the right direction. Joe Donnelly is the middle of the road, bipartisan candidate who has the Hoosier common sense to get things done for middle class families.”
Mourdock’s campaign also released a statement about the results.
"Rep. Donnelly and his Washington allies have spent millions in the last few weeks on negative ads against Richard Mourdock. As a result, they must be disappointed in the result,” said Brose McVey, a deputy campaign manager for Mourdock.
“There are many polls out there and we all agree this race is a toss-up. However, when Hoosiers meet the real Richard Mourdock and they learn that a vote for Rep. Donnelly is a vote for Harry Reid, we are confident Hoosiers will choose Richard Mourdock to partner with Dan Coats and Mike Pence and represent Indiana values."
The Howey/DePauw poll also weighed in on the presidential race, showing Republican hopeful Mitt Romney with a 52 to 40 lead over President Obama in Indiana.
In the gubernatorial race, the poll showed Republican Mike Pence with a 47-34 lead over Democrat John Gregg.