Republican Senate Candidate Richard Mourdock

For a long time the Indiana senate race looked as if it was going to be very competitive, but that all changed after Republican Candidate Richard Mourdock said after the debate early this month that he opposes abortion in the case of rape and that “even when life begins with that horrible situation of rape, that is something that God intended to happen.”

Since that rape comment Democratic candidate Joe Donnelly has seen his standing in the polls shoot up dramatically. With just days left in the election Donnelly now has an impressive 11 point lead over Mourdock, according to the latest Howey/DePauw poll. According to the poll, Joe Donnelly is now at 47 percent support, Mourdock is at 36 percent, and Libertarian candidate Andrew Horning is at 6 percent. At the same time, Mitt Romney has a ten point lead in the state over President Obama.

By comparison, the same poll from one month ago had the race basically dead even with Donnelly at 40 percent and Mourdock at 38 percent.

There is a chance Donnelly could have narrowly won the race even without Mourdock’s rape comment, but that statement has turned what should have been a tough fight into practically a cakewalk.