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Mourdock lead grows in poll

Results of a survey released this week by pollster Rasmussen Reports indicate Richard Mourdock is leading Joe Donnelly by 5 percentage points in their race for a U.S. Senate seat from Indiana.

Republican Mourdock, the state treasurer, was favored by 47 percent of respondents compared with 42 percent who chose Rep. Donnelly, D-2nd.

Rasmussen Reports said the poll has a 4 percent margin of error, meaning Mourdock’s lead might be as little as 1 percentage point.

The poll of 600 likely voters did not specifically ask respondents about Libertarian candidate Andrew Horning. Two percent of respondents said they favored “some other candidate,” and 8 percent were undecided.

The survey was conducted Oct. 11-12.

In a poll conducted July 31-Aug. 1, Mourdock led Donnelly by 2 percentage points, and 15 percent of respondents were undecided.

A poll conducted in September by Howey Politics Indiana and DePauw University gave Donnelly a lead of 2 percentage points, 40-38. That poll had a 3.5 percent margin of error and found that 7 percent of likely voters favored Horning.

Meanwhile, Mourdock has announced that he will have a roundtable discussion Wednesday in Indianapolis with three senators.

Mourdock’s campaign said Mourdock will be joined by Republican Sens. Dan Coats of Indiana, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and John McCain of Arizona at Easley Winery to discuss job creation and the “fiscal cliff economy.” The fiscal cliff is the term used for a predicted economic downturn if federal tax increases and spending cuts take effect as scheduled in January.

Mourdock’s campaign said small-business owners will join the senators for the roundtable discussion.

Also Wednesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will campaign for Mourdock at a rally in Merrillville.

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