Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

National Forces Pay in, Hope for Edge in Senate Campaign ; CAPITOL BUREAU

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

National Forces Pay in, Hope for Edge in Senate Campaign ; CAPITOL BUREAU

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The content of the two new dueling ads in Indiana's U.S. Senate race was exactly what you'd have expected. After all, Republicans have made clear that they intend to go after the Democratic candidate, U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly, for his votes in favor of health care reform and the federal economic stimulus package.

Democrats, meanwhile, intend to portray the Republican candidate, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, as a tea party-backed partisan brawler who wants major changes to long-standing programs such as Medicare and Social Security.

The more interesting political question is this: Was this a flash of spending in an otherwise dull summer, or is this the start of an avalanche that will leave Hoosiers buried under television ads now through November?

With Democrats' hold on a U.S. Senate majority tenuous at best, Indiana's open-seat race will be considered important by both parties until it's clear that one candidate has pulled away.

Republicans are hoping to put it in the bag early. That's why uber-operative Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS group just pumped more than $600,000 into an ad attacking Donnelly.

Democrats want to keep it close. That's why Donnelly's campaign coordinated with national Democrats to put a $250,000 response attacking Mourdock on the air. (By the way, that amount of money goes farther than you might think: Candidates get lower ad rates than outside groups.)

There have been no independent polls released since before the primary, so it's tough to gauge exactly where the race stands right now.

If you see a poll in the coming couple of weeks, the most logical source is Rove's Crossroads group, which will want to test whether its message has made much of an impact on the race's landscape.

Such a poll would serve a second purpose: If the numbers show Mourdock moving ahead, it'll be an indication of momentum that might bring more Republican money in by giving conservative groups an indication that they could put it away. …

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