Donnelly, Mourdock in dead heat according to latest poll

Indianapolis

The race for Indiana’s U.S. Senate seat is at a dead heat, according to a new poll released Thursday.

The Howey-DePauw Indiana Battleground Poll shows Democrat Joe Donnelly is leading Republican Richard Mourdock, 40-38, but with a margin of error plus or minus 3.5 percent, the race is too close to call.

Rep. Donnelly said he was  happy with the poll.

"I think that Hoosiers are responding to the fact that what I talk about are jobs and the opportunity to work together," he explained.

On the other side, Mourdock’s campaign was not surprised and blamed the tight race on negative attacks.

“Mr. Donnelly and his allies spent about $4.3 million in negative advertising against Mr. Mourdock, we feel really kind of fortunate to be tied," said Brose McVey, Mourdock’s Deputy Campaign Manager.

"I think it's almost comical,” Rep. Donnelly responded. “(Mourdock) has one Super PAC after another that dumps millions and millions and millions of dollars on TV, and all they talk about are negative things.”

Millions of dollars are pouring into this fight, because this seat could decide which party rules the U.S. Senate.

Mourdock’s campaign said it’s outspending Donnelly’s campaign, hoping to flush out the negativity and gain the edge.

“We continue to take control of the race to make sure our message gets through all the distortions and the negative attacks."

With about six weeks until Election Day, both candidates know anything can happen.

“I'm gonna keep working like I'm 10 points down with 10 days to go," said Rep. Donnelly.

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