After a rough week, Richard Mourdock has started hitting back at Joe Donnelly’s attempt to portray Mourdock as “pro-rape.”

It’s unclear if the gaffe moved the needle much. Mourdock released a poll yesterday by McLaughlin & Associates, a well-regarded Republican polling firm, showing the race tied. That would be consistent with prior polling.  Donnelly released a poll by Democratic “message development” firm (its word) Anzalone Liszt Research, showing him up by 7, which if accurate would represent a huge shift from all prior polling.

Mourdock needs to spend the next 10 days nationalizing the race, as he has been doing, since Indiana will go heavily for Romney.

Mourdock also needs to go on offense, and turn Donnelly’s attempt to take advantage of the issue into an issue:

Donations to Mourdock would help with this last minute push.