Joe Donnelly

Mike Conroy / Associated Press

Senate candidates Joe Donnelly and Richard Mourdock spent most of their first debate Monday attacking each other, while Libertarian Andrew Horning called for voters to move away from the status quo. 

Republican Senate hopeful Richard Mourdock says he doesn’t think the upcoming debates between him and his two opponents will get nearly as many viewers as his debate with Senator Richard Lugar in the May primary.  But with the race among the closest in the state, it’s possible there could be more interest than he realizes.  

Several polls in recent weeks all show Mourdock and Democratic opponent Joe Donnelly within just a few percentage points of each other in the race.  Mourdock says he hopes the debates will garner enough attention to have an impact on the campaign.

Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Former Indiana governor and U.S. Senator Evan Bayh is hitting the campaign trail with Senate candidate Joe Donnelly.

The two will make several stops across the state in the next few days in what they’re calling a “Main Street tour” of Indiana.

Bayh says appearing with Donnelly is not about trying to rally the Democratic base around a conservative Democrat.

After 36 years serving Indiana in the U.S. Senate, Dick Lugar’s political career likely came to an end Tuesday as state Treasurer Richard Mourdock secured a decisive victory. 

The surprise was perhaps not so much that Mourdock defeated Lugar, but the margin by which he beat him.  Leading into Tuesday, the momentum appeared to be trending Mourdock’s way – an independent poll released just days before the election put Mourdock ten points ahead of the incumbent senator. But the final margin was nearly double that.

Lafayette area Congressman Todd Rokita cast a “no” vote for the extension of the payroll tax cut. The 4th District Republican was joined by two other House members and Senator Dan Coats.

Rokita opposed the bill because he says it will hurt the country in the long run.

Indiana Congressman and Senate candidate Joe Donnelly is calling on Congress to pass the payroll tax cut before the end-of-year deadline.

Speaking at a diner in Indianapolis Monday, Donnelly said Congress should stay through the holidays if a deal is not reached soon.  He says the payroll tax cut is critical for families as the economy tries to improve.

“What a payroll tax cut can do is it puts us in a position where it can put almost over a thousand dollars in every family’s pocket.”

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