Less than a week after unseating Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., Treasurer Richard Mourdock is in a dead heat with Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly, according to a new poll conducted for the Donnelly campaign.
The poll, which was first reported by the Washington Post, shows Mourdock and Donnelly tied at 40 percent, with 20 percent undecided.
The numbers fall in line with an argument that Democrats have made since Lugar went down last week: That the nomination of Mourdock, who ran to the right of Lugar and courted tea party support during the primary, gives Democrats a November pick-up opportunity in the Hoosier state.
After prevailing in what was at times an ugly primary battle with Lugar, Mourdock has become well-known in the state, with just 7 percent saying they have never heard of him, compared to 32 percent who said they have never heard of Donnelly. But the poll also shows a rise in the percentage of voters who dislike the treasurer. Thirty-seven percent of respondents said they have an unfavorable view of Mourdock, while 36 said they have a favorable view. In a March poll conducted for the Donnelly campaign, just 22 percent said they viewed Mourdock unfavorably.
Asked of their opinion of Donnelly, 28 percent said they have a favorable opinion of the congressman, while 12 percent said they have an unfavorable opinion.
The Global Strategy Group survey of 602 Indiana registered voters was conducted Thursday through Monday and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.