8:00 am Oct. 24, 2012
Democrats were feeling pretty good about their chances in Indiana's Senate race, even before last night's debate between Tea Party candidate Richard Mourdock and Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly.
A Global Strategy Group poll released yesterday showed Donnelly leading by two points, thanks mostly to independents who were skeptical of Mourdock's proudly uncompromising approach to governing.
Mourdock might not have helped his case with independents in a debate last night, when he explained his pro-life position by saying that even pregnancies resulting from rape are "something that God intended to happen.”
The comments echoed the "legitimate rape" comments from MIssouri Rep. Todd Akin earlier in the cycle, and came the same day a Missouri paper reported that Akin was arrested three times during anti-abortion demonstrations in the 1980s.
Those were supposed to be two easy wins for Republicans, but nothing is coming easy for either party in this year's Senate races, with both sides defending seats that were presumed to be easy wins.
A new poll out this morning showed Rep. Chris Murphy with a small 49-43 lead over Linda McMahon in Connecticut's Senate race, where Democrats thought they would roll after having beaten McMahon badly in 2010.
And Majority PAC, the Democratic super PAC working to hold the majority, announced yesterday it would spend money in Pennsylvania too, to bolster the incumbent Bob Casey, who was supposed to have been cruising to victory.
One difference between the two parties' Senate operations: Republicans are getting financial support from Mitt Romney's campaign, while President Obama has yet to make any transfers in to the Democratic effort.