New #INsen poll shows Obama “helped Donnelly build that”
A new poll done by Rasmussen Reports shows Richard Mourdock and Joe Donnelly in a statistical dead heat. Though this shows the race as competitive, this is a new high for Mourdock’s general election polling numbers.
Previous polls, some run as early as before Indiana’s primary election, showed Donnelly ahead by as much as double digits. Today’s polling shows Mourdock is trending in the right direction with plenty of time to gain more.
Though no statewide race should be taken for granted, particularly during a presidential election year, Mourdock is likely to receive more support from those who supported Lugar and whose wounds have now healed. As Politico reported this week, Lugar has signaled to his supporters that he has buried the hatchet and offered his full support to Mourdock.
So what lies ahead for Joe Donnelly?
In short, Mourdock’s upward trend is not a good sign for Donnelly. Indiana voters are being constantly reminded that Donnelly voted for ObamaCare, where he threw both the ideas of sensible spending and prolife principles under the bus. So I guess you could say “Obama did help Donnelly build that” (bad reputation in Indiana, that is).
Furthermore, though Donnelly claims he is a “blue dog” Democrat, his record will not impress anyone looking for fiscal sanity: it doesn’t take much digging to see that Donnelly has supported the bailouts and the stimulus and as unemployment is still grim in these agitatingly hot days of summer, we are reminded “Just where is that ‘summer of recovery’ that we were promised?”
Add to that the fact that we’ve had 41 straight months of unemployment over 8%, and it proves increasingly unlikely that independents will vote a sitting member of congress like Joe Donnelly in for a promotion (Side note: when Donnelly became a member of Congress on January 4, 2007, the national debt stood at $8,670,596,242,973.04. It’s currently over 15,937,052,000 though the numbers on the US Debt Clock just don’t slow down enough to get a good read).
The enthusiasm gap is daunting for Donnelly right now. Mourdock is helped by the fact that Republicans are the more motivated party and by the fact that there is a general dislike of Obama and his role in failing (by his own standards) to save our economy.
Though there is much to be done in the way of securing more donations for Mourdock and getting people to help with grassroots activity like phone calls and door to door from now until election day, this latest polling is a good sign that Indiana will be a win for Mourdock.
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