WBEZ | donnelly http://www.wbez.org/tags/donnelly Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Durbin likes Donnelly’s chances in Indiana http://www.wbez.org/news/economy/durbin-likes-donnelly%E2%80%99s-chances-indiana-103584 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP120123114551.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin knows the chances of Barack Obama winning the Hoosier state in the presidential race aren&#39;t good.<br /><br />Republican Mitt Romney has a double-digit lead in the Republican-leaning state, even though Obama won the state four years ago.<br /><br />Despite the numbers, Durbin says that doesn&rsquo;t mean bad news for Joe Donnelly, a Democratic congressman from South Bend.<br /><br />Donnelly&rsquo;s in a tight Senate race against Republican Richard Mourdock for Dick Lugar&rsquo;s old seat.<br /><br />Durbin says he feels confident about Donnelly joining him in the Senate, especially after visiting the campaign in Indianapolis last week.<br /><br />&ldquo;There are a lot of ticket-splitters in Indiana, Republicans who said they can&rsquo;t vote for Mourdock because of some of things he&rsquo;s said,&rdquo; Durbin said. &ldquo;They find Joe Donnelly to be a good option, a good alternative. We feel good about his race. He still has a lot of work to do. We feel good about his winning in Indiana.<br /><br />Recent polls show the Donnelly-Mourdock race either tied or with Donnelly a few points ahead.<br /><br />In a debate last week, Mourdock, who also serves as Indiana&rsquo;s state treasurer, had to defend himself from criticism over controversial comments he made about rape, God and abortion.</p><p>Romney said he disagreed with Mourdock&rsquo;s stance that if a woman gets pregnant from rape, it&rsquo;s what God intended. But Romney supports Mourdock&rsquo;s bid for the Senate and even made a commercial for his campaign. The Romney campaign did not ask Mourdock to pull the ad after his comments on abortion.</p><p>For his part, Mourdock said the comments have not hurt him with Republican voters.<br /><br />The race is being closely watched because it could help tip the balance of power in Washington.</p></p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/economy/durbin-likes-donnelly%E2%80%99s-chances-indiana-103584