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. https://www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2018/10/29/race-for-the-senate-2018-key-issues-in-indiana/
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RACE FOR THE SENATE 2018: KEY ISSUES IN INDIANA
For several years, the 2018 Indiana Senate race appeared to be tantalizingly low-hanging fruit to national Republicans. Why should Joe Donnelly, a Democrat, represent ruby-red Indiana and hold the seat previously held by senior Republican statesman Richard Lugar? Granted, Donnelly is a pro-life, tax-cutting moderate. But his elevation to the U.S. Senate in 2012 had more to do with who he wasn’t: his Republican opponent, Richard Mourdock, who stated in a campaign debate that “I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.” That was a bridge too far, even for the Tea Party that Indiana Republicans had become. MARJORIE HERSHEY READ MORE