Candidate Gaffes Could Cost GOP Senate Control — Again

Republican candidates' controversial statements could cost their party Senate control, much as they did in 2010.

Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock's (R) recent remark on rape and abortion is just the latest misstep for him. While it's still unclear how much the comment will hurt his campaign, earlier gaffes accounted for the reason he was struggling in the first place.

Mourdock joins Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), who torpedoed his campaign with comments that "legitimate rape" rarely leads to pregnancy, as the two candidates most likely to cost the GOP control in a closely divided Senate because of controversial statements.

Democrats are comparing the two to 2010 GOP Senate nominees Sharron Angle in Nevada, Ken Buck in Colorado and Christine O'Donnell in Delaware, whose campaigns cost their party a chance at Senate control — and some Republicans agree.

"Never underestimate the GOP's ability to step in it at the most inopportune time. This is what happened in 2010, too," Republican strategist Ford O'Connell told The Hill, referring to the missteps of Mourdock and Akin. "This has the potential to cost the party control of the Senate."

Read more from Cameron Josesph at The Hill

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