Debates Could Influence Indiana’s Close Senate Race

The Senate race in Indiana is so close, the candidates' debate performance could decide the outcome of the election.

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Polls indicate Mourdock and Donnelly are within a few percentage points of each other in the race.

GOP Senate hopeful Richard Mourdock says he does not think the upcoming Senate debates will get nearly as many viewers as his debate with Senator Richard Lugar in the Republican primary. But with the race among the closest in the state, it is 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.

“Our objective is to, quite simply, point out the contrasts between the Obama-Reid-Donnelly record, all those votes they’ve cast together, that synchronization, if you will, of who they are versus the things that I stand for,” Mourdock says.

Donnelly says he looks at the debates as a job interview.

“We have to show that we value the opportunity, that this is a big responsibility and that these are moments to talk to our friends,” Donnelly says.

Libertarian Andrew Horning says he expects most viewers to watch simply to cheer on their candidate but hopes he can reach voters and show them there’s a candidate who can change the status quo.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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