richard mourdock’s endorsement list is growing daily. he just got herman cain and mark levin.

Richard Mourdock’s been having a good couple of weeks.

First, a poll from the Club for Growth showed Mourdock ahead of Lugar, 34% to 32%.

Then Lugar rushed out his own poll trying to make things look better, saying that the race was actually Lugar leading Mourdock,45 % to 31%.

Reassuring? Not so much, particularly when the incumbent has 100% name ID, is supposedly beloved, and is actually considerably worse off than Marco Rubio was against Charlie Crist at this point in that race in 2009. Back then, Crist was leading Rubio two-to-one.

The poll was so bad for Lugar that the Mourdock folks had to be happy with the numbers. I suspect that the Lugar people can’t be happy with the results; they had just spent over a hundred thousand dollars on TV ads to bolster their numbers and that was the best they could do.

The entire narrative of their campaign, based on a false perception of invincibility, was destroyed by their own poll. The emperor truly has no clothes.

If Lugar was as beloved and invincible as his campaign has so long contended, he would not be below 50% in race where he has near-universal name ID. No incumbent in such a situation is in a good situation for reelection. For someone to be undecided about Dick Lugar is for someone to not want to reelect him but to not know enough about his challenger (a problem that will be solved soon enough).

And with the polling running Mourdock’s way (even Lugar’s own polling showing how winnable the race is), now come the endorsements.

Joining Steve Forbes, Gun Owners of America, the National Republican Trust PAC, the Minuteman PAC, Erick Erickson, Citizens United PAC, and three-quarters of Indiana’s Republican county chairmen come two new additions.

Last week came the endorsement of conservative radio talk show host and constitutional lawyer Mark Levin (audio here).

This week it was presidential hopeful and conservative favorite Herman Cain, who decided to voice his support for and endorse Mourdock while at an event hosted by the Indiana Republican Party in downtown Indianapolis.

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is backing Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock’s challenge to U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar.

Cain told a crowd of Indiana Republicans Monday evening that he had met with Mourdock and decided to support his insurgent campaign.

Cain was in Indiana helping to raise the profile of the state in the 2012 presidential race.

Indiana Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb in June invited nine Republican candidates to campaign in Indiana. Cain was the first to accept the invitation.

Cain is coming off a fifth-place showing in Iowa’s Republican straw poll. He said an extended Republican primary contest would help keep candidates like himself in the race, along with front-runners like former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Michelle Bachmann.


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