Plenty of Republicans are feeling pretty squeamish about Indiana Senate nominee Richard Mourdock these days -- Mike Pence said Mourdock should apologize, Scott Brown rejected Mourdock's views, and John McCain was against him before he was for him.
One group that hasn't wavered in backing Mourdock after his controversial comments about rape at a debate on Tuesday: The National Republican Senatorial Committee. NRSC chair John Cornyn sent out a statement reaffirming support for Mourdock on Wednesday morning, and now the committee is buying new advertisements in Indiana for the stretch run. A source who watches the state's advertising market says the NRSC began buying new ad time this morning.
The new ad (see it here) calls Donnelly the "yes man" for President Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Another source tells us the committee will drop just over $1 million on the ad.
The NRSC's calculation: Mourdock's comments weren't nearly as damaging as Missouri Senate nominee Todd Akin's comments over the summer, and the GOP's path to a 51-seat Senate majority gets a lot harder if Democrats start winning red states like Indiana.
Outside groups have already poured more than $22 million into independent expenditures aimed at swaying the Indiana Senate contest. What's a few dollars more?