Donnelly, Mourdock Make Final Stops Before Election Day (With Photos)

By Rachel Martin

November 5, 2012 Updated Nov 9, 2013 at 2:45 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – It's an Indiana race that's getting national attention—the race for U.S. Senate. Joe Donnelly and Richard Mourdock traveled the state Monday making their final pitches to voters before Election Day.

It’s the day before the election so U.S. Senate candidates Democrat Joe Donnelly and Republican Richard Mourdock traveled the Hoosier state Monday trying to sway voters for the big election. Each made a stop in Fort Wayne.

Mourdock stopped by the Mocha Lounge, 6312 Covington Road, and Donnelly was at the Allen County Democratic Headquarters. Their message to voters? Get out and vote for who’s best.

Over the past few months, this particular U.S. Senate race has gotten national attention, not only because it could be the seat that makes the majority difference in the senate, but also because of Mourdock's recent comments regarding rape and pregnancy during the final U.S. Senate debate.

However, none of that was brought up by either candidate. Instead, they're telling voters why they deserve that senate seat.

“There could not be a more stark difference between Congressman Donnelly and me. He voted for the stimulus program, he voted for TARP, he's voted for bailouts, he's voted for big governments, and he voted for ObamaCare. Again, he's endorsed Barack Obama and he wants to call himself a moderate,” said Mourdock.

“Mr. Mourdock has said that he doesn't believe in bipartisanship. He doesn't believe in working together—I do,” said Donnelly. “I'll be a strong, independent voice for Indiana. For me, I don't care where the idea comes from. If it's good for our state and our country, I'm all in.”

Currently there are 51 Democrats and 47 Republicans in the Senate. If President Obama is re-elected, Republicans will need four seats to become the majority. If Mitt Romney wins, only three seats are needed.

Several polls on the Huffington Post website show Donnelly in the lead by a range of one to 11 points. Although only two of those polls show Mourdock leading, the State Treasurer said Monday that his internal polls have him leading by three points and the trends are pointing in his favor.

Political analysts say the race between Mourdock and Donnelly could potentially be an upset for the GOP. But no matter who wins, this race for the Senate seat will make a difference.

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