(WHAS11 Political Blog) -- With a debate comment controversy swirling around Republican U-S Senate nominee Richard Mourdouk, his campaign released a new poll on Friday, showing the Mourdock and Democrat candidate Joe Donnelly still neck and neck in the race, tied at 44% each.
A memo from the Republican pollster McGlaughlin and Associates shows the poll was conducted on Wednesday and Thursday, after Mourdock's controversial pregnancy rape remark Monday night made national waves.
The poll assumes a likely voter turnout of 42% Republican, 32% Democrat.
The poll also indicates the sizeable percentage of voters splitting their ballot between Repulican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and the "blue-dog" Democrat, Donnelly.
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