What does a statewide candidate do if he or she isn’t polling as well as the party’s presidential nominee?
Brandish the White House hopeful’s endorsement in a campaign commercial.
Richard Mourdock, the Indiana Republican state Treasurer laboring to win a Senate seat in the Nov. 6 election, is airing an ad featuring a testimonial from Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee likely to defeat President Barack Obama in Indiana by a wide margin.
“This fall I’m supporting Richard Mourdock for Senate,” Romney says to camera, adding that Mourdock would be the “51st vote” in the 100-member Senate to help Romney “repeal and replace government-run health care.”
“There’s so much at stake. I hope you”ll join me in supporting Richard Mourdock for U.S. Senate,” Romney says.
Mourdock’s Romney ad first appeared this morning in Evansville, according to Kantar Media’s CMAG, which tracks advertising.
Mourdock, who unseated Senator Richard Lugar in a May primary, faces Democratic Representative Joe Donnelly in a race that “will probably pivot on which candidate can win over the kind of voters who cast ballots for Lugar regardless of party affiliation, with control of the U.S. Senate at stake,” Bloomberg’s Heidi Przybyla reports.
The nonpartisan Cook Political Report rates Indiana as “Likely Republican” in the presidential race and as a tossup in the Senate race.