Poll indicates likely Donnelly winNovember 2nd, 2012 at 11:37 am by Jim Shella under Jim Shella's Political Blog
Joe Donnelly is likely headed to victory in the Indiana Senate race according to the bi-partisan pollsters who released a new survey this morning.
The Howey/DePauw poll is the first independent survey taken since Republican Richard Mourdock made controversial comments about rape and abortion in a debate ten days ago. The poll is a joint effort by Democratic pollster Fred Yang and Republican pollster Christine Matthews.
It shows Democrat Joe Donnelly up by a surprising 11 points, 47% to 36% with Libertarian Andy Horning at 6%. A month ago the same poll showed Donnelly up by just two percentage points.
The poll also shows that Democrat John Gregg is making progress in the race for governor. He trails Republican Mike Pence by just 7, 47% to 40%.
A month ago those numbers were 47% to 34%. Libertarian Rupert Boneham is at 5%.
Finally, in another surprising development, the poll shows a battle in the race for state School superintendent with incumbent Republican Tony Bennett up by just four points over Democrat Glenda Ritz.. 40% to 36%.