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Indiana Senate Race a Dead Heat in New Howey/DePauw Poll; Romney Has 12-Point Lead in Presidential Contest

September 27, 2012

"The race for Indiana's U.S. Senate seat remains too close to call, even as the Republican candidates for governor and president enjoy large leads over their Democratic opponents, according to a new survey of Hoosier voters," reports the Times of Northwest Indiana this afternoon. Dan Carden reports, "The Sept. 19-23 Howey/DePauw University poll of 800 likely voters found Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Joe Donnelly ahead of Republican Richard Mourdock, 40 percent to 38 percent, with 7 percent supporting Libertarian Andrew Horning. Fifteen percent of voters said they remain undecided."

The bipartisan poll was conducted by Republican Christine Matthews of Bellwether Research and Democrat Fred Yang of Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group and was done in conjunction withEast College tall xz DePauw University’s Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media and Brian Howey, publisher of Howey Politics Indiana.

"The poll has a margin of error of plus- or minus-3.4 percent, meaning Donnelly and Mourdock are statistically tied in the race to replace U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar, who Mourdock defeated in the Republican primary," according to the report.

The latest Howey/DePauw Poll shows Republican Mike Pence holding a 13 point advantage over  Democrat John Gregg in the race for Indiana governor (47% to 34%), and Republican Mitt Romney up 52% to 40% over Democratic President Barack Obama, who carried Indiana -- which typically votes Republican in presidential races -- in 2008.

Read more at the newspaper's website or at Howey Politics Indiana. It's also noted by the Wall Street Journal.

This is the third in a series of four polls that will be released during the 2012 election cycle. The first Howey/DePauw poll was released on April 5LGL 7021 with another on May 4. A final survey will be conducted next month.

CNN's chief political correspondent, Candy Crowley, was at DePauw Tuesday night to discuss Campaign 2012, three weeks before she moderates the second Obama-Romney debate.  A summary of her Ubben Lecture is available here.

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