In Indiana's surprisingly close race to replace Sen. Richard Lugar (R), Republican nominee Richard Mourdock made a potentially costly comment on rape and abortion in Tuesday night's debate against Rep. Joe Donnelly (D). "I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something God intended to happen," Mourdock said, explaining his opposition to rape and incest exemptions in anti-abortion laws. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who has cut an ad supporting Mourdock, disavowed the comment. Donnelly, who is also anti-abortion, said after the debate that he doesn't believe "my God, or any God, would intend that to happen." Mourdock has less than a 5-point lead in the polls.
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