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Mourdock, Hoping To Close Gap After Rape Comments, Makes Closing Arguments In Ind. Senate Race

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File photo of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, left, with U.S. Sen. candidate Richard Mourdock of Indiana. (credit: Getty Images)

File photo of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, left, with U.S. Sen. candidate Richard Mourdock of Indiana. (credit: Getty Images)

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Richard Mourdock is making his final pitch for the Indiana Senate seat held by the GOP for nearly four decades by telling voters he would be the 51st vote to repeal the federal health care overhaul.

Mourdock and Republican Sen. Dan Coats stopped Monday morning at the First Watch Restaurant in Indianapolis to greet diners and deliver their closing arguments against Democratic candidate Joe Donnelly.

Mourdock dismissed polling that shows Donnelly taking a lead in the race following Mourdock’s comment that a pregnancy resulting from rape is “something God intended.” A Howey/DePauw poll released Friday showed Donnelly taking a sizable lead among women voters after the comment.

The Mourdock campaign is airing an ad featuring women supporters who attempt to tie Donnelly to controversial policies of national Democratic leaders.

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